Wining Your Way in Fort Myers: The Area's Top Wine Bars

Southwest Florida is home to a couple of extremely successful wine auctions that bring in millions of dollars each year for children’s charities. Collateral damage from these events--an elevation of the local wine culture. 

While not all of these 10Best are traditional “wine bars”, all have what you would traditionally expect from them; fantastic lists that span the globe, price range, and unique by the glass selections.

C-Level does indeed classify itself as a wine bar and the food offerings have become quite popular as well. Here you will find video concerts on the big screen while you peruse the wide offerings from favorite producers. as well as boutique specialties.

Angelina’s is a well-respected, Italian restaurant known for more than fantastic food and service. The posh place has won national recognition for its wine program which features much more than fine Italian wines and a 4000 bottle tower to store them in.

Many winemakers like to travel to the area in the winter, visiting local restaurants for wine dinners where they showcase special bottles and new releases. And in the summer, many of these establishments have unbelievable weekday bottle pricing.

No matter which of these places you pick to pop a cork, you wont be disappointed by the variety. 



Occupying two old homes dating back to 1902 (they were joined by Peter Pulitzer for his long-time fishing buddy, Fingers O'Bannon, in the early 1970s), for years the Veranda has provided a charming atmosphere as well as consistently good...  Read More



Regulars refer to the restaurant as 'Gloria's', after the chef/owner Gloria Jordan. She is passionate about food, wine, music and life in general; this passion is evident in her establishment. She is seen more often on the floor these days, than...  Read More

South Fort Myers
Fancy's Southern Cafe
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"Southern Sophistication" has been the long running theme at Fancy's, for both food and decor. Busting at the seams, owners expanded at the end of 2013, adding a rustic wine bar with soft, chic accents. A small loft above the bar is just big...  Read More

Cape Coral


Gather has a cool vide no matter what time of day or night you choose to drink and or dine here. With modern lighting and tasteful graffiti the lounge area takes center stage with couches and throw pillows. The low tables are just right for...  Read More

Bonita Springs
Chops City Grill
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You almost expect a good steakhouse to have an outstanding wine program, and Chop's in Bonita Springs certainly delivers. A longtime favorite local establishment, the large bar is perfect for glass sampling or enjoying one of the more than 400...  Read More

Il Cielo
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Il Cielo means "the sky" and the stars seem to always shine at this Sanibel Island spot. The bar is dimly lit and stocked with unique spirits as well as wines from around the world. While California vintners make up most of the list, you'll be...  Read More

South Fork Grille
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South Fork is located in the popular Coconut Point, an outdoor shopping mall. It is a perfect place to relax with a glass after a long day of shopping, or to recharge for more. Open for both lunch and dinner, South Fork is best known for its...  Read More

Twisted Vine
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Twisted Vine Bistro sits right across from the renovated riverfront in downtown Fort Myers. Known for many years as a wine bar, the selection and quality of the fermented juice still rivals any in the Downtown River District with some thirty...  Read More

C Level Bistro & Wine Bar
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C Level is a small, laid back wine bar in an unassuming stretch of Bonita Beach Road, not too far from the Gulf of Mexico. Dark and comfortable, a big screen plays live concert videos from cool jazz and folk artists, among other genres. C...  Read More

Angelina's Ristorante
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Angelina's is more than a premiere Italian dining establishment; patrons also come here for the award winning wine selection. You can't help but notice the thirty foot wine tower in the center of the restaurant, filled with about 4000 bottles....  Read More


Meet Gina Birch

Gina carries the rare title of "Native Floridian". Living in Southwest Florida for 22 years, she is a well known, award winning radio and TV personality. 

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