Exploring Durham

Wine tasting and shopping
Oct. 26, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

Often, a great meal is accompanied by a great glass of wine. As a food-lover’s destination with numerous highly regarded restaurants, Durham has dozens of places to purchase wine, but this article will focus on the impressive variety of locally owned wine shops.

Cave Taureau, Durham’s newest wine shop, is in Downtown Durham at Five Points. Cave Taureau specializes in muscadet wine but also carries wine from around the world. Cave Taureau was recently named among seven of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Wine Shops.”

Wine Authorities in the Rockwood district features no more than 500 wines, and specializes in estate-grown wines from small, up-and-coming, family- owned wineries from around the world. All wines cost less than $50 a bottle with a focus on high-quality, everyday wines.

Southern Durham has three more wine shops: Brandywine Cellars near the Streets at Southpoint in Renaissance Center, The Wine Cellar at Sutton Station, and Hope Valley Bottle Shop in the Woodcroft Shopping Plaza, all of which fill product and market niches.

So if you are seeking a retail wine experience combined with the opportunity to taste new wines, then check out any or all of these shops.  As an added bonus you’ll get to know and support many local business owners. 

Insider Tip: Most of the wine shops in Durham do free weekly tastings. Check their websites for more information.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.