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The Wee Vinoteca, Hitchin

Whether you fancy swotting up on wine, (or just drinking it!), head to this relaxed and sociable shop-cum-bar to try a selection of hand-picked varieties and some tasty dishes to match.

Cool name, but what is it? Well, a vinoteca is a Spanish word that literally means ‘a collection of wines’, although it could also be translated as a wine library (my personal favourite), but if you spotted one in Spain you’d most likely find yourself in a wine shop, or bar, or a mix of both. Confused? Allow us to explain…

The idea behind this little gem – founded by Duncan Gammie, a sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant in his former life – is that you can pop in and try-before-you-buy over a bite to eat in a sociable and relaxed environment. There’s a small and ever changing selection of hand-picked wines arranged by price and style, which, along with the expert advice from Duncan and his team, makes choosing your perfect tipple a doddle. The good news is you don’t have to be a wine expert, just enjoy drinking it – now that we can manage!

Oh and the ‘wee’ part is a nod to owner Duncan’s Scottish heritage, and because the bar is, well, petite in size! Check out the calendar of ‘wee workshops’, too, which include food and wine matching events, plus wine blending and cookery courses.

7 comments on “The Wee Vinoteca, Hitchin”

  • Laura April 12, 2019

    Looks lovely will try when next in Hitchin

    • Katrina April 18, 2019

      Yes, a fab little place – you must pop in Laura!

  • Jill Dickinson May 5, 2019

    Have visited this place several times – it’s amazing! From the warm welcome, the ambience, no pressure to buy, and quirky surroundings. This is the place to be. It’s a place to relax, chat, taste excellent wines whilst gaining an insight about them, the raw passion comes at you with a genuine interest in your wellbeing for one drink, or several. Combine with the tasty cheese board and meats and you have a home from home experience with all the feelings of being spoiled.
    This place is here to stay.
    Jilly D

  • Carol Hanson May 9, 2019

    It’s a gorgeous place! Duncan and his lovely wife Hannah are both knowledgable and fantastic hosts

    • Katrina May 10, 2019

      Thanks for your lovely comment Carol, I’m sure Duncan will be delighted to read this!

  • Robin May 23, 2019

    This really is gem and a welcome addition in Hitchin and is an important part of any night out in hitchin for pre dinner drinks or after. they also run fantastic events for wine and food. Not yet had a wine I did not like there.

    • Katrina May 28, 2019

      Lovely to hear, thanks Robin! And they’ve just won our Muddy Award for Best Newcomer!


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