Buying Wine in Kampala – Part II

Buying Wine in Kampala - Part II

When researching the wine buying experience in Kampala, I was genuinely surprised by how many nice options there were around town. I swear, my first six months in town, I humbly bought whatever wines my local Nakumatt shelved. The truth is; there are great options for purchasing wine in this city. So many, in fact, that I’m writing a second part to my first story, “Buying Wine in Kampala.” If you haven’t had a chance to read my reviews of No. 49 Cheese and Wine, Karuka Wine Shop, and Uganda Wines and Spirits, check out Part 1 here (insert link).

In Part Two, I’ll review a few more shops and save you time by starting with my favorite of the three.

The Wine Garage

Ok… I’m slightly obsessed with this darling wine shop. I had a wonderful experience talking with one of the friendly shop assistants who walked me through the selection and informed me about their happy hour on Wednesdays (which is obviously of utmost importance!).

Located on Tank Hill Road in Muyenga next to Café Kawa, The Wine Garage is a fantastic place to not only buy wine, but to sit and enjoy a glass… or two! Their daily operating hours make this endeavor quite convenient. This lively, lime-green painted shop stays open until midnight to accommodate the late-night crowd.

The Wine Garage offers a nice selection of wines from South Africa, Italy, Australia, Chile, France, and Spain. Their bottles range from 20,000 – 120,000 UGX. In addition, they also carry a relatively small selection of various liquors and spirits.

Oh yeah… I suppose you want to know about happy hour. Every Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., they offer half-price glasses for 4,000 UGX on a pre-selected red and white wine. The Wine Garage is the ideal spot for a nightcap with friends or a date night drink before hitting up one of Muyenga’s fabulous restaurants.

Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. – Midnight
Address:  Plot 2133 Tank Hill Road, Muyenga, Kampala
Phone: +256.414.578.353
Email:  winegarageug@yahoo.com
Website: www.winegarageug.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wine-Garage-Uganda/225398230808554

The Cellar Ltd.

This next shop, The Cellar, is tucked away among the Quality Hill Shopping Centre shops in Nsambya. It’s open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and is conveniently located near other expat favorites, Quality Cuts and La Patisserie. It’s a well-organized, lovely shop with a knowledgeable and helpful staff. They carry an impressive selection of wines from France, Spain, Australia, and South Africa that range from 16,500 – 150,000 UGX per bottle.

If you’re a boxed wine fan, they’ve got it, and they also offer a small selection of chilled wines. Every two weeks, they feature a red and white selection on special. Buy a case (12 bottles) of the highlighted label and receive an additional bottle for free.

One thing to note is that The Cellar is only a shop for buying wine. There’s no seating and they don’t allow you to open and drink it on site. However, it’s a truly a classy shop and worth stopping in when you’re in the neighborhood.

Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Address: Plot 1202 Ggaba Road, Nsambya, Quality Hill Shopping Centre
Phone: +256.414.269.284
Email: sales@thecellarug.com

Colours of the Wild – Wine Shop

I’ll admit: This one is a total wildcard. One afternoon, I stumbled upon this unmarked wine shop in Naguru while on a jog. It was dim inside with no lights on and quite uninviting on first glance. I hesitated to enter until I saw the smiling face behind the counter and played clueless while asking the woman the name of the shop. I discovered that the adjacent restaurant, Colours of the Wild, owns it.

This shop offers affordable (read: ‘cheap’) bottles from Australia, South Africa, Italy, France, and even Uganda. Familiar brands like Drostdy-hof, Obikwa, and Nederburg line the shelves amongst a smaller selection of random imports. Humorously, the most expensive wine in the shop is the giant boxed wine, priced at 120,000 UGX.

In addition to wine, they offer sparkling grape juice and, one of my favorites, Savanna Dry Premium Cider. On their liquor shelf, you’ll find expat party staples such as Jack Daniels, Malibu, Baileys, and Johnnie Walker Black Label.

Honestly, the selection isn’t great and the service wasn’t very hands-on or helpful but this quaint shop is perfect if you live nearby and need a last minute bottle of wine for your date night or dinner party.

Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Address: Naguru Drive, Naguru, Kampala
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colours-of-the-Wild/171534019573156

About Lauren McBride

Hey, I’m Lauren. I’m what you’d call an “expat by marriage.” When my husband and I stepped off the plane in Entebbe in June 2012, I had no idea what I was in for: the breezy traffic on the open road, enjoyable boda rides through the heart of town, or the gentle, lingering smell of exhaust blowing in my face. I continue to be amazed by the strong community in Kampala, the arts, the delicious food, and the fun hangs around this town. I’m committed to sharing the very best of Kampala with you through this website. Contact me anytime with your ideas, feedback, or jokes at lauren@livinginkampala.com.