Wine and dine in Tampere
TEXT: EMMA RÖDIN | PHOTO © RONJA HONKO
A newcomer to the restaurant scene in the booming Finnish city of Tampere, Winebridge has quickly made its mark as a laid-back hub focusing on the synergy between wine and food. With the city’s largest wine selection, an ever-changing menu and a warm, relaxed atmosphere, Winebridge is a must for anyone exploring Tampere.
Founded by Timo Jokinen in August 2018, Winebridge is a genuine family business that has Jokinen’s wife and daughter heading up the kitchen. Jokinen himself is a wine connoisseur who has been in the industry for over 30 years, and who launched the restaurant to share his love of wine and food and to educate guests about the natural bond between the two. “We sell most wines by the glass so that people can try different types of wine with the dish they are eating and really learn what they like and not,” he explains.
The food at Winebridge draws inspiration from all corners of the world, and the diverse wine list is constantly growing, with Jokinen currently searching for small, family-owned wineries to add. Winebridge also regularly runs wine courses and hosts themed evenings based on food and wine from a chosen country. Guests who sign up for this experience will enjoy a five-course meal matched with wine, sometimes as many as three types per dish.
With its casual setting and musical backdrop of jazz and blues, Winebridge encourages guests to simply enjoy themselves. “So many places are too much pub or too much fine dining. We offer something that sits perfectly in between,” says Jokinen and ends with an invitation: “Just come and relax!”