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4 unavoidable wine bar experiences in the Vendée

Posted the 27 February 2024
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Do you love a nice little pre-dinner drink with your colleagues? We can all imagine a good bottle of red that goes perfectly with tapas. Ah, the simplest things are often the best ... cheers! If the expressions "tannin", "cépages" or "part des anges" hold no secrets for you, you'll love the 5 addresses that follow. And if you're a novice, wine bars are the perfect place to discover the world of wine in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Here is our selection of wine bars where you can enjoy a glass of wine in the Vendée – right here, right now!

An interesting  selection of the best wine bar experiences in the Vendée

But before going any further - what exactly is a wine bar

Also known as a wine bistro (bistrot à vin) or cellar dining (cave à manger), a wine bar is a restaurant specialising in wine, where you can drop in for a bite to eat, enjoy yourself, chat, or listen to music... Inside, everything is designed to highlight the product: from the tapas to the glassware, from the decoration to the qualified staff. What an atmosphere!

1. Le Petit Saint Thomas at La Garnache – A wine bar experience in Challans 

bar à vin à Challans

The least we can say is that Le Petit Saint Thomas is a renowned restaurant in the Vendée! Several awards testify to the quality of its food: Bib gourmand, Gault Millau, and even Maître Restaurateur for the chef. And when it comes to wine, Magali and David Bourmaud, the restaurant managers, are not to be outdone. They now offer evenings where the restaurant is completely transformed into a wine bar, hosted by their wine consultant Sarah Moinard. The trendy decor blends beautifully with the more traditional feel of the place. And the setting lends itself perfectly to tasting both French and foreign wines!

What we liked best about this restaurant-wine and food bar near Challans

The quality of chef David Bourmaud's tapas and the knowledge of the wine specialist.

25 Rue de Lattre de Tassigny, 85710 La Garnache

2. Bibovino in La Roche sur Yon – An intriguing wine bar concept

bar à manger la Roche sur Yon où

Located in the centre of La Roche, this wine bar offers a rather rare concept: the sale and tasting of wine packaged in BIBs (Bag in Box, better known by the abbreviation "cubi" for "cubitainer"). Despite what you might think, this type of packaging is not just reserved for a certain type of wine. In fact, it has a number of little-known virtues! At Bibovino, you can, of course, taste bottled wines as well as bibs. Each wine comes from the French wine industry. Bibovino supports local producers. Which means that you'll be able to enjoy sardines from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie with a glass of white wine from Mareuil, for example! Bibovino is offering more and more natural wines - organic wines - on its wine list.

What we liked best about this wine bar in the centre of La Roche sur Yon

The "Frenchie" or French gastronomy side of the menu. Yes, the whole world envies us our good food and our wine, so there's no need for any false modesty!

6 Place du Marché, 85000 La Roche sur Yon

3. Le Pré-Soir in Les Herbiers – An unusual wine bar experience

où manger près du Puy du Fou

Drinking and eating are great, but learning more about wine is even better! And we're quite sure that tasting AOC Fiefs Vendéens wines just isn't the same without the help of an expert. That's why Le Pré-soir puts the emphasis on sommeliers (wine stewards)! To help you choose from a selection of nearly 600 bottles (Le Pré-soir works hand in hand with the Cave de la Vallée des Herbiers), "Pierrot" will explain what awaits you on your palate. What's more, you can take advantage of an easy-to-use application "made in Le Pré-Soir" to find out more about each wine's profile. All in a cosy, friendly atmosphere.

What we liked best about this wine bar near the Puy du Fou

The wine list displayed on the wall has QR codes linked to the app. The result is both fun and interesting!

5 Rue Ampère, 85500 Les Herbiers

4. La Cave se Rebiffe in Les Sables d’Olonne – A charming seaside wine bar experience

bar à vin en vendée

"Shall we go for a drink tonight? "Yes, but next to the beach!

The Vendée has so many bars and restaurants with a sea view that it's almost impossible to resist. In our selection of the best wine cellars where you can enjoy a drink or a meal here in the Vendée, La Cave se rebiffe in Les Sables d'Olonne is an absolute must! At this seaside wine bar, the manager is a connoisseur. He'll advise you on the very best wines on the menu. And it's a real treat for the palate! Your nose will be tingling with the smell of the sea as well as the aromas wafting from your glass. Your eyes will be captivated by the beautiful sunsets and the rich colours of the wines... This bar, right on the sea front in Les Sables d'Olonne, is well worth a try. It could, for example, be the perfect finishing touch to a lazy day on the beach. The combination of sunbathing, taking a dip and enjoying a glass of wine …. what could be better...

What we liked best about this wine bar in Les Sables d'Olonne

The warm welcome from the manager and the extensive wine list, all organically grown or biodynamically produced.

45 Promenade Georges Clemenceau, 85100 Les Sables-d'Olonne

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