The Wine Library: Culture Wine Bar’s Private Club

The Wine Library: Culture Wine Bar’s Private Club

A cosy cavern for those who take their wine seriously.

Wine lovers will already be familiar with Culture Club, the wine bar on Bree Street alongside chef Matt Manning’s Grub & Vine bistro. But if you’re truly, madly, deeply in love with wine culture, then it’s The Wine Library upstairs you need to explore. “It’s something out of the ordinary,” says Matt, “with community at its heart.”

Treasure trove

Matt Manning: Culture Wine Library Decor

The Wine Library has been designed as a members’ club and lounge, where oenophiles can steal away to enjoy their favourite bottles and discover new ones. It boasts a custom-designed, state-of-the-art, walk-in cellar – the Wine Archives – where members can store their wines in optimum conditions, to access whenever they want to.

Matt Manning: Culture Wine Library Interior

Aimed at connoisseurs, professionals and members of the wine trade and wine collectives, The Wine Library is an ideal space to host private tasting sessions and events, and to make wines available to fellow members by listing them on the Wine Archives Reserve menu. It’s a great marketing opportunity, too, as this menu is also available to the public at Culture Wine Bar downstairs and online.

Urban wine hub

Matt Manning: Culture Wine Library Wine

The Wine Library has its own private bar, as well as cosy lounge areas and long tables set up for remote working (with fast fibre), meetings and networking. Decorated in earth tones, wood and leather furniture and African design accents, it’s a smart yet welcoming and relaxed space. 

There is also a food and beverage menu, courtesy of the bistro kitchen. In addition, Matt hosts quarterly Grand Cru dinners in The Wine Library, a superb five-course meal paired with top-notch wines.

Join the club

Matt Manning: Culture Wine Library Membership

There are four types of membership suited to different needs:

  • Novel Aimed at wine enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and working professionals, this grants you access to The Wine Library’s lounge, bar and co-working space, and you’ll receive a complimentary case of mixed wines hand-picked by Culture’s sommeliers every month.
  • Trade Aimed at wine-industry insiders, this membership gives you access to the Wine Archives (storage of up to six different wines, 36 bottles, per member to use for tastings and consumption). These wines can also be sold at Culture Wine Bar. You have the use of The Wine Library for private events (two per month) in addition to the basic access to the lounge and working space for your own enjoyment. You can also sign in three guests to join you.
  • Trade Collection Also aimed at wine-industry professionals, this membership gives you access to the Wine Archives (storage of up to 12 different wines, 48 bottles, per member). These wines can also be sold at Culture Wine Bar, with a customised tasting flight hosted by one of the in-house sommeliers. It allows members the use of The Wine Library for private events (up to four per month) in addition to basic access to the lounge and working space for your own enjoyment. You can also sign in three guests to join you.
  • Grand Cru The premium membership option allows members to store 48 bottles in the Archives, gives you an exclusive plus-one invitation to the food-and-wine pairing dinners, allows you to sign in three guests to join you in The Wine Library, plus a complimentary seat every month at Culture Club tastings in the wine bar downstairs.

All members are invited to Culture’s quarterly socials, and receive a loyalty card that offers a 10% discount on meals and drinks at Culture Wine Bar.

Matt Manning: Culture Wine Library Wine Collection

Good to know The loyalty card discounts do not apply to “Wanderlist” wine or promotions. Attendance at events is subject to availability.
Cost Novel membership: R900 per month for 12 months
Other memberships: price on application
Opening hours Monday – Saturday, 9am – 11pm
Contact 087 153 5246, wine@culturewinebar.com
Where to find it Culture Wine Bar, 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
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