Italian Wine Tasting @ Veeno Reading #weloveveeno

Italian wine tasting is enough a temptation without even knowing where exactly you would be doing it. I am not much of a wine drink but I do enjoyed a good glass every Friday night at home. We were recently invited to review the wine tasting menu at Veeno Reading and we couldn’t say yes fast enough. You see my sister is a wine snob and when I asked if she wanted to accomplish me, let’s just say we went.

Veeno Reading

Veeno is an Italian wine cafe that brings you the best wines from Italy straight to your glass. Founded in 2013 by two Italian men in Manchester who missed the Italian lifestyle of Aperitivo. It is described as a ritual of drinking, nibbling and relaxing after work. I think most of us can relate to this type of ritual though we don’t practice it often enough. But for Italians this is a daily occasion of sharing moments of happiness with friends and family.

Our booking for the Italian wine tasting was at 2pm, but with African timing we arrived just after 2pm. We were greeted by a lovely waitress who showed us to our table and offered us refreshments. I opted for rekorderlig and my sister went for prosecco to start us off. She also informed us we would be tasting 5 wines plus a dessert wine accompanied by platters of meats and cheese. One thing that impressed me before the platters were prepared was we were asked if we had any allergies. My sister does, she is diary free so she was offered the vegetarian platter to accompany the wines we would be tasting.

Italian Wine Tasting #weloveveeno

All the wines in Veeno come from the family vineyard in Sicily which has been in the family for generations. The family works hard to ensure the quality and tradition of the vineyards flow from the bottles to your glass. There is nothing I love more than a company that aims for authenticity in their business and their products. Veeno Reading aims to be authentic in all things and want you to feel part of the family.

As mentioned our wine tasting experience included 6 wines each nicely paired with our food platter. Though our food platter was specifically designed for our wine tasting, each wine has its own pairing.

The Driest Wine – Grillo {ABV 13%}

A classic Sicilian white best served with Mozzarella di Bufala, this wine is grown on the highest heel. It is fermented at a controlled temperature of 16ÂşC in oak and acacia tonneaux.

The Wine of Love – Zibibbo {ABV 12.5%}

This wine has an intense floral wine and best paired with pecorino in Grotta, this wine careless all your senses. This was my favourite wine, it is fermented for 20 days at a controlled temperature.

House RosĂ©  – Syrah {ABV 12.5%}

 It is not an overpowering wine, its fresh and summery and goes well with sliced speck.

Perricone – An Experts Wine {ABV 13.5%}

This wine is made in the same way as Shiraz using the same type of grapes and is aged for 4 months.

Richest Wine – {ABV 14%}

This wine goes well when paired with Gorgonzola Cheese, it is made from handpicked grapes.

Tagos – Dessert Wine {ABV 13%}

This is a really sweet and lovely wine which perfectly accompanies the delicious homemade TiramisĂą. The dessert smelt like Christmas to me and definitely went down well with the TiramisĂą.

All the wines are served in a 70ml measure which was truly reasonable and great size. During the testing, the waitress explained each wine’s history and what gave it the taste and flavour. She also recommend what else would go with the wines from personal experience which we appreciated.

By the time we were tasting the dessert wine accompanied by the tiramisu we were joyous. I don’t drink wine often so after the fifth glass it hit me for a bit but still enjoyed our dessert and wine. Because Veeno Reading is such a quaint wine cafe it was easy to chat and loss track of time. We noticed many people who came chose to buy a bottle and a platter whilst they enjoyed a conversation. We spoke to a few people who couldn’t recommend the wine cafe enough, it’s a really nice spot to have a catch-up.


Veeno Reading is located behind the Town Hall, close to the Museum and only a 5 minute walk from the train station. From the train station main entrance follow the road on the left and is perched at the edge of your second turn.


Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00am

Sunday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

PHONE: 0118 950 5493/ EMAIL:


Minerva House, 20 Valpy Street, Reading, RG1 1AR

Value for money

The wine tasting we did costs ÂŁ26.90 per person for five 70ml glasses of wine plus a dessert wine accompanied by a meat and cheese platter. I think it is definitely worse the money, if you think about how much we spend on wine in restaurants for a glass or worse on a night out.

We had such an amazing time, so much that I am heading back with my girl friends in a few weeks. The location is perfect, it is easy to find and had an incredible atmosphere. We started our wine tasting just after 2pm and left gone 4.30pm, it’s easy to lose track of time in there. I can not recommend Veeno enough, they know there wines and have incredible staff. Another to note is, everything they serve in the cafe can also be bought in the cafe ‘wine market’ too which I thought was neat.

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Disclaimer: We were guests of Veeno Reading on a quest to review their wine tasting menu. Regardless all opinions are our own and we do not recommend places or products we are not willing to try ourselves. This is an honest review of our personal experience at Veeno Reading coupled with feedback by some customers we spoke to.