We recently had the pleasure of being invited to a wine tasting experience at Veeno in Bristol city centre. Located in the Glass Wharf area, you will be forgiven if you are not quite sure where that is, its actually just a short 2 minutes walk from Temple Meads train station over looking the water.
Veeno is the love child of Italian friends Andreas and Nino, they opened their first venue back in 2013 in Manchester. They felt that the UK needed a place to enjoy Italian Appertivo. “The ritual of drinking wine, nibbling and relaxing after work” it is something that they felt that they missed from back home in Italy. Popularity quickly gained allowing them to expand in to different cities within the UK. The Bristol branch opened its doors in 2016.
Veeno offers a range of wine tasting experiences, they all include a board of Spuntino (meats cheeses and bread) and perfectly paired wine. You are guided through the experience by a member of the team, who will talk you through each wine and its accompaniment .
However, if you don’t want to commit to a wine tasting, don’t worry, you can just pop in and try the wines individually as they offer a huge range which all come from their very own vineyard in Sicily . They also sell the spuntino separately and offer a range of paninis.
We had the Riserva experience (£34.90pp) you get to sample 5 still wines, a glass of sparkling wine, a large sharing board of Spuntino and finally a dessert of tiramisu that is paired with a dessert wine. So a lot of wine! But don’t worry these are not full glasses, I would say that each glass was about a third full so you wont be completely drunk by the time you leave, but merrily on your way.
We were talked through our experience by George who was just a wealth of knowledge when it came to wine. Our favourite was the Grillo, a dry white wine that went perfectly with the buffalo mozzarella.
I arrived at Veeno as a complete wine novice, but I really enjoyed the whole experience and I most definitely came away with more of an appreciation for good quality wine.