Veeno Leeds Wine Tasting

Veeno. Yes, you read that right, I’ve not started with a typo.  
It’s a new Italian Wine Cafe that’s opened up in the heart of Leeds (7 Duncan Street), that aims to bring customers the lovely experience of Italian apertivo, in Yorkshire.
They only stock wine from Caruso & Minini – a fourth generation family vineyard in Marsala, Sicily, selling 1,000,000 bottles of wine each year. 

Veeno Leeds wine cafe review
The bar area

But back to Leeds, sadly far removed from the lush greenery and sunshine of Sicily, but we can still pop into the cafe to have a little taste of Italy. 

I was invited to a wine tasting event, although it wasn’t a traditional wine tasting as there were no guidance or notes, so it was more – here, have several glasses of wine – which, you know, is absolutely fine of course. I’d assume that customers would get more of an experience, as the Veeno website advertises a DIY wine tasting with 6 wines for £19.90.

So the evening passed with various blogger-types crammed into Veeno, sampling the following:
White: Terre di Giumara Grecanico – an easy to drink, fairly balanced wine.
Rosé: Sicani Nerello Mascalese Rosato, a little sweet for me, but I’m not a fan of Rosé.
Red:Terre di Giumara Frappato Nerello Mascalaes – a good, full bodied red that paired really well with salami.

Fellow bloggers Yuna from Stray Arrows and Lucy from Lucy Loves enjoying a glass (or 3) of wine

I can’t pass comment on the other food I’m afraid, as there were no gluten-free options served. It looked nice though.

Attendees with the right idea: bag a table, snag a whole platter of food.

Veeno Leeds italian meats

Veeno is a handy place to have in Leeds. Somewhere to pop into for a glass of wine, or a cheeky Apertivo with an Aperol Spritz if the Italian mood takes you. 

Veeno red wine cheers

If you fancy trying it for yourself, Veeno are kindly offering a free glass of Limoncello to my readers when they spend over £20 in the cafe. Just quote ‘Mascalese’ to redeem.



  1. November 11, 2014 / 10:39 am

    This looks like an amazing event, I used to work in a vineyard restaurant for 3 years and am not accustomed to wine at all- I wish I liked it more xx


  2. November 13, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    Ha, no way!? I think it's something that comes with age – does that sound really awful? But I mean, I've only come to really appreciate it in the last 10 years… before that I'd pretty much drink any old muck. xx