Best Wine Shops In Austin

Wine is an experience, often described through its tasting notes, region, unique terroir, etc. However, above all other factors, wine is about people. It’s people who grow its fruit, produce the wine, and, most importantly to us as consumers, make it accessible! We are so fortunate to have such an approachable community of talented wine slingers all over our great city. Over the last year we’ve gotten to know these folks, and they’ve become our teachers, our friends, and people we trust to lead us through our wine journey. Even if you just casually want to buy a bottle here and there, these wine slingers have infinitely more knowledge about their offerings than any outsider. It’s worth it to ask them what’s new and exciting!
Here, a list of our favorite people and places to buy bottles retail as one of our posts for this year’s Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide. Be sure to check out the other posts in the Guide for the most comprehensive Austin foodie roundup!

Sunrise Mini Mart

Wine Slinger // Sam Rojani

This unassuming gas station is probably Austin’s best kept secret for retail wine buying. Previously made famous for their craft beer collection, Sunrise Mini Mart has become a popular go-to destination for wine industry professionals and enthusiasts alike, thanks to beer & wine enthusiast Sam Rojani. (Regulars generally tend to refer to this place as ‘Sam’s.’) Their extensive selection of natural (low-intervention) and biodynamic wines serves a growing demographic of oenophiles—and now beer-to-wine converts—who seek out obscure and adventurous treasures, and we’ve spent many hours walking the aisles and reading the book-review-like handwritten notes on the different wines. Rojani does such a great job at infecting customers with his enthusiasm that the term “Sam’d” is now used for walking into Sunrise for one bottle and leaving with 6. Go on, get Sam’d.

Take our advice: Sam will remember you after one visit, and if you’re really nice, he’ll get in touch with you personally about new exciting arrivals!

Hours
Monday through Friday: 7am to Midnight
Saturday: 8am to 1 am
Sunday: 8am to Midnight

Address
1809 W Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

Website

Whole Foods (Downtown)

Wine Slinger // Erika Guinn

Don’t let the Amazon Echos between the aisles fool you. Wine is the real star at the downtown Whole Foods location. Personally managed by the talented Erika Guinn, you can find an extensive selection of terroir-driven wines that are true to the retailers’ mission for quality. Aim for the wooden “treasure bins” for a collection of personally vetted bottles that are guaranteed to please. Erika’s one of the most powerful wine slingers in the city by virtue of heading up this flagship location and often gets first dibs at some of the best wine that comes to Austin. Take advantage of stocking up their occasional sparkling sales, when all bubbles are 20% off, and be sure to check out the by the glass list at the bar.

Take our advice: Follow @theerikamarie on Instagram to keep up with the latest wines she’s brought in!

Hours
Monday through Sunday: 7am to 10pm

Address
525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Website

Bufalina (Cesar Chavez)

Wine Slingers // Rania Zayyat & Abigail  Perry
Disguised as a pizzeria, Bufalina does more than make a mean pie. They lead the way in offering some of the world’s best fermented juice you’d ever want to drink, while still making it accessible at every price point. Bufalina is open Wednesday through Sunday with a dine-in half-off bottle Happy Hour (bottles normally priced at $100 or less) between 4pm to 6pm and a 20% discount on all bottles to go.
Take our advice: Go for the wine. Stay for the pizza. And order anything Rania and Abigail tell you to.

Hours
Wednesday through Sunday: 11:00 am to 11:30pm

Address
1519 E Cesar Chavez, Ste 200, Austin, TX 78702

Website

Jester King

Wine Slinger // Traci Walker

You know what they say, “It takes a lot of good wine to make great beer.” (At least, that’s how we think it should go!) Deep in the Texas Hill Country, you’ll find what some consider to be the best brewery in the United States, possibly the world. With a philosophy deeply devoted to agriculture, time, and place, it’s no wonder why Jester King shares the same affinity for wine that they do for beer. You’ll find more than 50 bottles of carefully selected wines on their “Bottles To Go” list, which is carefully curated by Wine Buyer Traci Walker. Aside from their extensive collection, they have the most competitive pricing we’ve seen thus far. Highly recommend the scenic drive out to Dripping Springs.

Take our advice: Make sure there isn’t a crazy beer release going on, which is often the case, otherwise you’ll be stuck in long lines. Also, if you’re ordering off the more limited by the glass list, you’ll need to be in the Tasting Room line. For bottles, hop over to the tent outside.

Hours
Friday: 4pm to 10pm
Saturday: Noon to 10pm
Sunday: Noon to 9pm

Address
13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736

Website

Aviary

Wine Slingers // Marco Fiorilo, Alex Bell

Previously a home decor shop, this South Austin gem reopened in fall 2017 as a full-service restaurant and have expanded their wine list to nearly 100 labels, carrying some of the best wine you’ve never heard of. Aviary serves up lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sunday, but don’t forget to take a nice bottle home—retail purchases come with a 35% discount.

Take our advice: For dining in, Wednesday’s rotating list of half off a dozen bottles is where it’s at. If you’re lucky enough to get Aarial as your server, she’s provided most of our wine recommendations there and has taken us to wild places through a glass. Watch out for their Aviary Wine School classes and their packs of several bottles they offer for holidays.

Hours
Tuesday through Saturday: 4pm to Midnight
Sunday: 11am to 4pm

Address
2110 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Website

The Austin Wine Merchant

Wine Slingers // John & Brian

27 years strong, the Austin Wine Merchant is a pillar of the local wine community. Weekly complimentary tastings on Saturdays highlight new arrivals and seasonal wines so you can try before you buy. Just don’t forget to bring your coat; they keep the building at a consistent 65 degrees every day of the year.

Take our advice: Check their bargain bins for amazing wines they simply have to clear out to make room for new ones. If you don’t find a specific wine you’re looking for, they can special order for you. Make sure to be on their email list to get the latest sale updates, to hear what they’re pouring on Saturday, and for events about town.

Hours
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00am to 6:30pm

Address
512 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Website

Central Market (West Gate)

Wine Slinger // Andy Christiansen

Are you really into food? We sure are, and we’re happy to report that Central Market South is really into wine, too. Aim for the “Natural Beauties” section to find interesting wines that will have you thinking, “I didn’t know wine could be like that!” We’ve found anyone on the staff to be really knowledgeable, but if you’re lucky enough to be shopping while Andy’s there, make sure you ask for his recommendations!

Take our advice: They always have volume discounts going on: 15% off of 6-11 bottles, 20% off of 12-17 bottles, and 25% off 18+ bottles. If you really like a bottle of wine or are hosting a party, this is the place to go!

Hours
Monday through Sunday: 8am to 10pm

Address
4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745

Website