Corked Wine Bar, Werribee

Drink, Melbourne / 24 June 2021

Melbourne has scored a secret wine bar nested on the banks of Werribee River.

After months of anticipation and excitement amongst Werribee locals, Corked Wine Bar has finally opened its doors and it’s everything we’ve ever wanted in a riverside drinking destination. How do you get there you might ask? Head down Watton Street and keep your eyes peeled for a wine barrel signpost. Once you spot it, follow the signs, head down the corridor and find the hidden entrance. Getting in gives you all the Harry Potter feels when Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley via bricks in the wall. We’re not going to disclose anymore, but let your adventure begin!

In the day, Owner Chris Scudamore works as a tradie and his wife Mutena as a nurse. At night, they both live their alter egos in the bar to foster their passion for wine. The bar is incredibly cosy with all of those underground cave feels – think dim lighting, exposed bricks and plush velvet couches. Take your pick of seating from inside by the fireplace or outside with picturesque views of Werribee River. This is the kind of bar you’d go into on sundown and totally lose track of time.

To drink, winos can make their selection from a carefully curated list. It features the best of more local winemakers like Nugan Estate and Stefani Estate. They also showcase wines from across Australia’s most famed wine countries including McLaren Vale, Margret River and Eden Valley. Love a classic Italian Sangiovese? Don’t worry, they’ve got that too. Whether you’re a traditional wine purist or a lover of new age Australian varietals, their wine list caters to all tastes.

Photography: Mamma Knows West

Wine and cheese is a match made in heaven and Corked has honoured this classic pairing. To eat, make your way through a selection of antipasto and charcuterie boards made with seasonal ingredients and local produce. Tuck into a Charcuterie Board with Quattro Stelle fennel & garlic salami, Villani Prosciutto di Parma and Quattro Stelle Wagyu Pastrami, served with seasonal pickles, olives and marinated vegetables. Or perhaps the Artisan Cheese Plate with Ford Farm cheddar, Six Farms truffle brie and Castel Regio gorgonzola dolce, served with fresh grapes, quince paste, peach & muscatel chutney and lavosh biscuits. A highlight is the Farmhouse Pork Terrine with 100g pork terrine, sweet and spicy pickles, rocket, balsamic & parmesan.

If you haven’t yet visited Corked, we suggest you get down there (if you can find it).

Due to popular demand and the anticipation of the opening, the place is bustling with wine lovers every night so we suggest you make your booking early.

Learn more and book HERE