Calling all wine connoisseurs and those who enjoy the luxury lifestyle and fine dining experiences! Wichita has more than a dozen excellent selections when it comes to satisfying your palate.
On the heels of National Wine Day (May 25) and the 24th Annual Midwest Winefest in Old Town Wichita, we’ve compiled an amazing list of places for fine wine and fine dining Wichita.
Wine Spectator Awards
Wichita is proving to be a competitive wine city with several local restaurants picking up honors and awards for their wine options. The Wine Spectator Awards recognize the best wines in the world, and Wine Dive has made earned an impressive rating two years in a row with the Best of Award of Excellence since 2016.
Chester’s Chophouse & Wine Bar has received the Award of Excellence since 2006, which is the same award given to Siena Tuscan Steakhouse (2016), 6S Steakhouse (2018) and Scotch and Sirloin (2018). These awards are announced each July.
Fine Dining & Wine
If you’re looking to pair your wine with a delicious steak or seafood dinner, Wichita offers a premier list of fine dining options. At Chisholm’s American Beef & Ale House inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport, check out the huge wine wall and an authentic certified Angus beef paired perfectly with delicious sides for a one-of-a-kind experience. Fireside Grille is located inside the Wichita Marriott Hotel in east Wichita and offers an extensive wine list and handcrafted cocktails. The wines are kept in a climate-controlled display case and served in oversized wine glasses.
At Greystone Steak & Seafood, try the custom wine list beside well-aged, Midwest, corn-fed beef or enjoy seafood flown-in and hand-cut by the chef. At Firebirds Wood Fire Grill, enjoy select glasses of wine at discount prices Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m. in the Firebar and on the patio. Order drinks with fire-grilled burgers, steaks, seafood, pasta and other specialty items. Items are modestly priced.
Are you looking for international cuisine? Larkspur Bistro & Bar pairs Mediterranean, French and Italian dishes with wine and live music on the patio or soft tunes on the baby grand piano inside. Georges French Bistro brings a classy, authentic French dining experience to Wichita, including a large wine selection and a great coffee or cocktail menu. For fancy brick-oven pizzas, entrees made with pasta, lamb, veal, chicken and salmon and a full wine cellar, try Vora Restaurant European. The wine list includes European and New World reds and whites, as well as Rose and flavors from Spain and Italy.
For a unique farm-to-table wine-pairing experience, try a multi-course meal at Elderslie Farm. The menu changes monthly, but the restaurant is open year-round on Thursday-Saturday evenings. Head to Elderslie Farm in June or July to pick your own blackberries, or stop by the Bramble Café May through July for breakfast or lunch.
Wineries & Vineyards
Jenny Dawn Cellars is a local, urban winery owned by Jennifer McDonald that has picked up numerous awards for her unique flavors. Most recently, Jenny won the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition best-of-class award for wines in the $39-$46.9 category. Jenny Dawn Cellars will open up a small operation in Union State this summer offering wine and educational community events.
Grace Hill Winery, which has been named best winery in Kansas by Purewow and Best Things Kansas, produces more than a dozen wines at affordable prices. Grace Hill offers free wine tastings and tours, as well as several public events including a grape harvest and stomp where you can channel your inner Lucille Ball.
Prairie Hill Vineyard at Stockemer Farm is a 20-acre vineyard that partners with Grace Hill Winery. The vineyard is also a beautiful backdrop for events and provides and excellent photo opportunity for those visiting.
Wyldewood Cellars just south of Wichita has picked up more than 500 International awards for its wines, and its Spiced Wine was featured at the 2002 Winter Olympic Village.
Other Wine Stops
Have you ever thought about pairing your wine with chocolate? You can do so in the chocolate lounge at Cocoa Dolce Chocolates – Bradley Fair or Chocolate Dolce Chocolates – NewMarket Square. Here, experienced chocolate chefs handcraft delicious creations paired with delicious wines daily. The state’s only chocolate bar also serves craft beer, coffee and gelato.
Cana Wine & Cocktails, located in Wichita’s historic Petroleum building provides a classy atmosphere with modern flair. Known for its trendy décor and modish cocktails, Cana is the perfect place to “un-wined” after work with a glass of bubbly.
Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge offers an intimate space with the vibes of New York City. This moody atmosphere serves up just about any flavor of wine you can imagine, including Prosecco and a Red Blend.
Wichita is also home to Wheat State Distilling, the first legal distillery in the city since prohibition. It opened in 2013 and produces spirits like whiskey, rum, gin, vodka and bourbon.