Sick of the same old vino offerings when you dine out? Then the intriguing wine list at West End’s new Roman Pizza Bar, Lupa, will have you buzzing with excitement.


Owners Andrea Contin and Valentina Vigni have poured their love of quality Italian produce into Lupa, rigorously taste testing wines for months in the lead up to opening. I’ve been told that more than thirty Vin Santos were tried in order to source just the right one for their list!

You won’t find any Australian wines here, none of the usual suspects but, we promise, it’s going to be okay.

Instead, by the glass you can try a delicious and savoury dry Cannonau from Sardinia, or a 100% Ciliegiolo (usually seen only as a minor component in the chianti blend). The whites are just as interesting, with a rarely seen Lugana from Veneto also available. The small region of Lugana bordering Lake Garda is at risk of losing 25% of its vineyards to a proposed rail line, so try this wine while you still can.

And if the wine list looks a little too overwhelming, skip googling the names under the table, just ask Andrea for tasting notes and recommendations. He has a wealth of knowledge to share.

On a final note, do yourself a favour and forget everything you think you know about Lambrusco, I know it will be difficult, then give the Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara a try. It’s a sparkling cloudy rose in appearance, with excellent balance, sublime texture, and a bit of funk.

Lupa is open Tuesday to Sunday, from midday till late, at 321 Montague Road West End.

At Wineaway we love to explore new and unusual wines, and have been hosting a series of wine events focusing on some of the more obscure Italian wines available to us. Our final instalment in the series (the Mezziogornio) will be coming in late October. Sign up to our mailing list for further details. We’ll be sure to feature some Cannonau in the lineup!

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