3 Wine Bags That Make Schlepping Wine More Stylish

How our wine editors prefer to carry bottles around town.

Wine bags

Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

There’s a lot to love about working as a wine editor, but there is one downside—carrying heavy wine bottles from place to place. The average wine bottle weighs about three pounds so weight can add up pretty quickly and, being an NYC-based wine department, there are often additional stair-and-subway-filled challenges. So when it comes to wine bags, we know a thing or two about quality and hold plenty of opinions. A functional, sturdy, and attractive wine bag can make all the difference. Whether you are a beverage professional who constantly carries a bottle or two around, or someone just looking for a reusable alternative to bring to the wine store, trust us to recommend your next favorite wine bag. Read on for three of our favorites.

Winebag by NIMES

A bag so sleek you wouldn’t know it’s made for carrying wine. Handcrafted in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this stunning bag neatly cradles two wine bottles with a built-in movable divider to keep the glass from clanging as you walk. Made from soft yet durable vegetable tanned leather, NIMES’ thick leather strap distributes weight over your shoulder, alleviating fatigue. It comes in three colors, but NIMES’ rich navy blue colorway is a personal favorite. $151 at nimesba.com

Carrier Tote Bag by Vinarmour

“I first encountered Vinarmour’s Carrier Tote Bag at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen last summer,” says Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle. “When a sommelier friend sauntered into the room with one, I thought, ‘Damn, nice wine tote!’ And it is: the waxed cotton recalls a classic Barbour jacket –– so, good bag for carrying your aged Bordeaux across a Scottish moor.” It’s impressively durable, attention-getting, and, with a foldable leather divider, it can hold three bottles easily while keeping them safe and protected. $190 at vinarmour.com

Vin One Bottle Picnic Tote by Aplat 

“You won’t find zippers or glue holding together this magical bottle bag,” says Oset Babür-Winter, Senior Drinks Editor. “Aplat relies on the art of origami and principles of sustainable design to create the sleek tote, which has enough room to pack a corkscrew, a stopper, a snack or two, and even a small cutting board for charcuterie on-the-go. The canvas side pockets are perfectly sized for stemless shatterproof wine glasses or cups, and the handles are ergonomic enough to carry on a long walk. The One Bottle Picnic Tote comes in four colors including a version made of durable denim with contrasting red thread, it’s totally gorgeous. Cin-cin!” $62 at aplat.com

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