In a city centre inundated with boozy bites, a restaurant that offers food and alcohol pairing isn’t a novel concept, but Openwine‘s emphasis on building lasting organic relationships with local farmers and vineyards places it head and shoulders above the rest. Hosted by Raphael Paterniti and Marta Gobbo, the enoteca has an impressive selection of local wines and offers a comprehensive introduction to wines from estates such as Tokara, Bouchard Finlayson and Kanonkop. Guests are permitted to sample such tipple and bring along their own wines – provided they’re willing to share them with the owners.
Built around a large chalk-painted ‘wine wall’, with small wooden tables and a pavement terrace, Openwine invites a feeling of intimacy and shared experience that is reflected in its Italian fare. There is wood-fired pizza oven that is sure to offer welcome warmth in the winter months, whilst diners are encouraged to take up temporary residence in the kitchen area to slowly sip their vino and partake in platters of hors d’oeuvres prepared by Marta and her kitchen staff.
As far as eating goes, there is no notion of a sit-down dinner here and since Openwine is more about the tasting of wine than food, customers are welcome to bring along their own morsels, too. Eating aside, the star of the show is undoubtedly the wine, making Openwine the perfect pre-dinner stop for a rich Pinot Noir or a crisp Chardonnay – or both.
For more information, visit openwineza.co.za