The south of France makes some of the very best wines in the world and they are fantastically priced when compared to their illustrious ‘neighbours’ in Bordeaux and Burgundy. ( I know they are not neighbours but the word evades me ). The good news is that Nice, and in particular the area around the apartment between Place Garibaldi and the port have some amazing places to buy and enjoy wines. This post will be more about where to buy it as opposed to restaurants that serve it.
Since in wrote this, i have come across a great little piece on the Bellet region above Nice, and advice if you actually want to go up and visit a vineyard while in Nice. Take a look at this great site
The lady who writes it also did a post about where to drink in Nice – click here
I import wine for a living and no matter where i travel in the world, the best tip i can give you is to drink a local wine. Drink Bordeaux in Bordeaux, Chianti in Tuscany ( or one of the many great wines they make ( Vino Nobile is a particular favourite ), drink Rioja in Rioja, Ribera in Ribera etc.. When in the south of France, you have a great choice as there are so many regions from Nice all the way to the Languedoc and Roussillon as you approach the Pyrenees.
What regions ?
Côtes de Provence, Bandol, Palette, Coteaux Varois are among the best appellations. I love Bandol ( Red or Rose ) and some of the best to watch out for include Tempier and Bastide Blanche. As well as selling wines, you can get a little charcuterie snack and there are always loads of great wines open by the glass. A fantastic place to start the night.
There is a great little wine bar come wine shop just off Garibaldi as you head towards the old town. Cross Garibaldi past Cafe de Turin and keep left. You can either walk down along by the tram on Blvd Jean Jaures and take the 2nd left or walk down rue Pairoliere and take the 2nd right – they both lead onto rue de la Tour and the lovely Cave de la Tour. The opened just after World War 2 and i don’t think much has changed ( and i mean that in a good way )
Cafe de la Tour near Garibaldi
A short walk from the apartment on the side of garibaldi that meets Catherine Seguranne is a fantastic wine shop come restaurant ( albeit lighter snacks ) called Les Compagnons de la Grappe – It doesn’t look like much inside but is cute, cosy and has a huge array of wines to taste or drink by the bottle. They have one of those fancy machines that hold 20-30 bottles and reseal them as they dispense. Ask to see the cellars and therein lies the treasure ~ these guys supply a lot of the yachts ~ WOW is all I can say. WOW WOW WOW
If you just want a great bottle shop with a great selection, instead of turning right out the apartment ~ turn left and walk down Bonaparte and take the 3rd right onto rue Bavastro and down on the right is La Belle Cave – this is a real locals shop and has a great selection of local wines including Tempier Bandol and Brad & Angelinas Chateau Miraval ( a little overrated in my opinion ). Ask for some help from the lovely owner who always seems to be there.
There are loads more places in Nice and I will add to this over time, but these 3 are all within 5min walk from the apartment and are all very different in style and offering but are also top top quality. Enjoy.