Belmont’s Archive Wine Bar is a place of bottles and bliss

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Belmont’s Archive Wine Bar is a place of bottles and bliss

Words by Chloe Cicero

The most extensive wine offering in Australia is nestled on High Street, Belmont.

They say sharing is caring, and this story all started with a love of wine and sharing their collection with loved ones, to then building their collection to add whisky, gin, and rum. The founders of Archive Wine Bar want to share their collection, their archive, with us all. 

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Archive is the culmination of a lifelong passion for wine shared by founders Ingrid and Graham. With over 20 years of experience in the wine industry spanning Brisbane to Edinburgh, their dream of creating a wine sanctuary became a reality in 2018. What began as an idea for a modest wine shop with a small bar has blossomed into a sprawling establishment, complete with a spacious beer garden and versatile function space.

Nestled in the heart of Belmont, Archive stands as a beacon for those seeking to explore the boundless world of wine. With over 180 wines available by the glass, it is believed Archive holds the title of offering the most extensive selection in all of Australia. From intimate gatherings to grand celebrations, Archive offers a venue like no other—a place where every glass tells a story, and every moment is infused with warmth and hospitality.

Complementing their exceptional wine selection is a delectable grazing menu designed for sharing and pairing. Featuring some of Australia’s finest imported and local cheeses, as well as charcuterie sourced from esteemed Victorian producers like Salt Kitchen in Ballarat, who only source free-range pork for their delicious jambon and capocollo. Indulge in the signature Archive Grazing Platter or treat yourself to the newest winter delights, including Gin Cured Salmon and the irresistible Million Dollar Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

Beyond serving as a sanctuary for wine enthusiasts, Archive is a hub for learning and exploration. Ascend to their drinks education school, where they offer internationally recognized Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) courses, led by their lead educator Graham Sutherland DipWSET. Archive have also recently launched Australia’s first WSET Beer course with resident beer expert Ryan “Lofty” Loft.

Join the team for monthly wine tastings, ranging from intimate gatherings, to their legendary Garden Parties, where importers and winemakers showcase a curated selection of wines paired with some delicious bites from the kitchen.

Don’t miss their upcoming Viva Italia Garden Party in June—it’s sure to be a celebration to remember!

To learn more about Archive Wine or to book a table head here.