Sydney’s newest wine bar features 1000 bottles

A new wine bar has opened in Sydney’s CBD offering more than 1000 bottles from 10 different countries, as curated by Rockpool Dining Group’s former head sommelier Raphael Mulligan.

Vini Divini features a large central bar, alfresco seating and a Mediterranean focused menu.

The wine selection showcases drops from around the Mediterranean from well-known regions of France, Italy and Spain to often overlooked regions such as Greece, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey.

French-born Mulligan collaborates with small, independent winemakers and distributors to regularly update the list, drawing on his experience heading the wine program at Eleven Bridge, as well as working at Rosetta, Rockpool and Tapavino.

The food menu focuses on Mediterranean dishes and mezzé-style plates led by Seda Güç, former protege of fellow Turkish chef, Anason’s Somer Sivrioglu.

The wine bar also offers a private dining room tucked away at the back, catering for 14 people for a sit-down lunch or dinner or 20 guests theatre-style making use of the room’s TV screen/projector and wireless technology.

“Vini Divini is all about bringing people together to laugh, enjoy wine, break bread, and share stories and ideas,” said Belgium-born owner Philippe Gilbert.

“Close relationships with friends and family, and the interactions one has in a community, are central to the Mediterranean lifestyle – and we wanted to bring this to life at Vini Divini.”