Benvenuto! The first Italian Wine Week 意大利葡萄酒周 in Beijing is slated for September 12 to September 18 and will offer superbo fun and value. If you are a fan of Italian wines, or just curious about them, check out the options below.
Background: This year’s Italian Wine Week is featured in Beijing and Chongqing, following the inaugural campaign last year in Shanghai, Xiamen and Chengdu. The project is backed by Italian events organizer Veronafiere, specifically by its projects VinItaly, focused on wine promotion, and Wine to Asia, an annual wine trade fair next slated for December in Shenzhen. Sound confusing? It’ll all make sense after a few glasses of wine! Read on.
(Note: The following content was compiled by Grape Wall of China and does not necessarily reflect Veronafiere. If you have any feedback or venues to add, email jimboyce (at) grapewallofchina.com.)
This Opposite House Hotel restaurant features a “buy one get one free” promotion on all Italian wines by the glass from September 12 to September 18. Every single wine. That gives you 16 options to explore! And in terms of food, Frasca is best-known for the unique Italian dish, pinsa.
三里屯路11号三里屯太古里 北 Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, 11 Sanlitun Road | 6410-5210 | 6:30 AM-10:30 AM, 12 PM-2:30 PM, 6 PM-10:30 PM | Didi: Frasca
Enjoy a different Italian wine region each day at Vinvino, from Tuscany to Veneto to Sardinia to Sicily, and more. All of these Italian Wine Week options are available by the glass or by the bottle–see the menu below for wines and prices. Plus, Vinvino will get bubbly and have a multi-day offer on Franciacorta sparkling wine.
朝阳区麦子店枣营北里15号一番街1 Ichiban Street, 15 Zaoying North Li, Nongzhanguan North Road | 18611968069 | Didi: Vinvino
TRiO, which just held its opening party last weekend, will have four Italian wines by the glass via Coravin. Explore four parts of Italy during Italian Wine Week!
三重奏葡萄酒吧 北京市朝阳区东大桥路8号院3号楼一层2139 (SOHO 尚都北塔 2139) SOHO Shangdu North Tower 2139 | 15000929064 (Jeanne) | Didi: TRiO Wine Bar
This venue is a combination of cafe, bar, restaurant, art gallery and sprawling outdoor space. All in a secluded area near The Forbidden City and away from the traffic. And for Italian Wine Week, guests can enjoy a 10 percent discount off all Italian wine by both glass and bottle at The Merchants. Check out the bottles below.
77 National Art Museum Backstreet 东城区美术馆后街77号 | 4007990299 | Sunday-Thursday 10 AM-midnight, Friday-Sunday 10 AM-2 AM
Sibling to Merchants, M Natural is located in the bustling Sanlitun area of Beijing. With a coffee shop up front and a speakeasy-feeling restaurant behind, accessible through a wide fridge that doubles as a door. Like Merchants, it will also offer a 10 percent discount on its Italian wines by glass and bottle for Italian Wine Week.
三里屯北街81号那里花园3楼C308室 C308, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun North Street | 6460-4025 | 10 AM-11 PM daily
Living Room (CHAO Hotel)
The Living Room is the CHAO Hotel’s nightly getaway, including live music Tuesday to Saturday. During Italian Wine Week, it will offer a 15% discount on these six Italian wines.
工体东路4号 4 Gongti East Road | 5871-5588 | Sunday to Thursday, 6 PM-10 PM. Friday to Saturday, 6 PM-11 PM. Live music, Tuesday to Saturday, from 7 PM | Didi: Living Room
Simple Drinks, which shares the same space as Duet Café, will have two Italian wine options available at less than 300 RMB per bottle during Italian wine week. This is a relaxed place to share a bottle with friends.
十字坡街 8 号 8 Shizipo Street | 18518224226 | Didi: Café Duet
This wine shop chain has dozens of shops across the nation but Store 32 is the first to double as a bistro, with a kitchen opening there just a few months ago. For Italian Wine Week, CHEERS will have a feature each day, from free samples of wines to a five-bottle wine buffet. Check out the details at this link.
曙光西里甲五号院10号楼-6-1层06A号商 (凤凰商街) | Shop 06A, Level 6-1, Building 10, Yard 5, Shuguangxili (Phoenix Galleria Instreet) | 4000055500 | 10 AM-10 PM daily | Didi: CHEERS (Phoenix Way Shop)
Solitude is a fairly new wine bar and restaurant that stocks over 600 labels, including around 300 natural, biodynamic et al labels. Visitors can check out some of its Italian labels.
天泽路女人街19号一层107室 107 Cao Cang Mall, 19 Tianze Road | 13691451400
TAP bar à vin
TAP is a go-to for natural wine fans in Beijing. (Heads up: the team is on the verge of opening a second venue, Bistro PAT.) Check out some of the options below.
18600149523 | DiDi: TAP踏葡（新源里西一号楼)
Italian restaurant offers both fine dining and fine wine. Nestled in the China World Hotel, this venue has both set and a la carte menus. And is also offering a 20-percent discount on a Prosecco and a Pinot Grigio during Italian Wine Week.
6505-7651 | 建国门外大街1号中国大饭店三层
White Tiger Village 白老虎屯
This relative newcomer has been a runaway success with its Yunnan cuisines and minimal intervention wine selection, including some delectable Italian options.
13164207035 | 农展北路甲5号首厚大家底商
Fiume is known for its homey atmosphere, delicious dishes and view of the Liangma River. For Italian Wine Week, order a second bottle and get a 25-percent discount on that bottle, with the deal starting at 9 PM.
13552904145 | 麦子店西街39号富驿时尚酒店大堂一层北侧
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8454-4508 | 北京市朝阳区三里屯北小街一号
Best-known for its Naples-style pizza, Bottega has locations in Sanlitun (Nali Patio) and in the Jinshang Building.
Bottega Jinshang 金尚 | 13691531455 | 北京市朝阳区新源里西20号楼底商101
Bottega Sanlitun 三里屯 | 6416-1752 | 北京市三里屯北路81号那里花园2楼
Buona Bocca 意大利小馆儿
A casual spot in the Sanlitun-Gongti area to enjoy Italian wines and snacks. Both indoor and patio seating. Good value during the weekday happy hour, with buy one get one free wine by the glass, noon to 7 PM, Monday to Friday.
5642-2236 | 新东路幸福三村四巷首开铂郡南区4号楼1层底商
Eatalia Carpe Diem
西城区西楼巷18号 | 18 XiLou Alley
The sibling to Bottega, but this time with crispy Rome-style pizza by the slice. Again, two venues, one in Sanlitun (Taikooli South) and one in Sanyuanqiao. Try the Lambrusco.
Forno 意角 Sanyuanqiao 三元桥 | 18531203165 | 三元桥凤凰汇.里巷.
Forno 意角 Sanlitun 三里屯 | 6462-7448 | 三里屯路19号太古里南区3层S6-33.
6533-6366 | 阳门外大街6号新城国际公寓10号楼103室
La Pizza 那匹萨
A veteran Italian restaurant most famous for its Naples-style pizza.
5900-3112 | 东大桥路8号SOHO尚都二期1幢SH-1112
A perennial contender for best Italian fine dining restaurant in Beijing.
5690-7177 | 东大桥路9号楼地下二层21号单元
Seven Fun. Wine 七范儿·酒
15801121669 | 工体北路2号首北兆龙饭店一层
Wine O’clock 酒点
18518410200 | 东城区南吉祥胡同27号院
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