Gloria Wine Cellar started a new life

Twenty years ago, when Gloria was founded, it was an establishment “from another world”. Estonians did not like dry wines one bit. If wine-drinking was a must, they would prefer cheap sweet wines with any meal whatsoever. Nevertheless, Gloria Wine Cellar succeeded in starting a wine collection of high quality that was considered exceptionally big even in the Nordic countries. 


 The cellar is located inside the medieval city wall and this, in addition to the collected wines, makes it a landmark in itself. However, wine sales were not a success since Estonia’s wine culture was not ready to change this quickly. 

 Now, twenty years later, a younger generation of enthusiasts is leasing the cellar and its collection. Marko Hark was a graduate from the first class of the Estonian Sommelier School and his partner Tairi Marozov is a tireless event organizer. Young Kaido Metsa, who has worked in several really good restaurants, prepares youthful meals to go with young wines or more aged wines. They breathed new life into the old cellar and hopefully it will not run out of it any time soon.

Müürivahe 2, Tallinn 
Phone: 6406800 
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TOP 50 OF ESTONIAN RESTAURANTS

The chart is prepared in two different parts. The judgement criteria are different for both parts.

First, 50 best restaurants are chosen from among approximately 1300 and the selection is based on the votes of the key workers of the restaurants.Each voter compiles a personal list of 7 restaurants that he or she thinks are the best in Estonia. The voters must have visited these places and the list cannot include the voters’ employers or restaurants related to their personal property. 

The restaurants that have been included in someone’s top 7 are invited to cast their votes as well. Each restaurant can appoint up to three of their most important employees as their voters: one member from the management team, one member from the kitchen staff and one member from the service staff. 

Taking part in the voting is strictly voluntary, not obligatory. The top 50 of Estonian restaurants is made up of restaurants that win the greatest number of votes. 

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The judges visit the restaurants anonymously. The judging is conducted by the method developed by the Swedish restaurant guide "White Guide" over a number of years. A total of 40 points can be given for food (17–21 satisfactory cuisine, 22–27 good level cuisine, 32–35 distinguishing cuisine, local top class, 36–40 brilliant cuisine, international top class). 

A total of 20 points can be given for drinks (8–10 satisfactory, 11–13 good, 14–17 distinguishing choice of drinks, local top class, 18–20 international top class). 

A total of 25 points can be given for service (8–12 satisfactory, 13–17 good, 18–22 local top class, 23–25 international top class). 

A total of 15 points can be given for milieu (5–7 neutral, 8–10 equal to the rest of the experience, 11–13 gives additional value to the experience, 14–15 is worth coming for by itself). 

The chart is formed based on the points given for food. If these points are equal, the sum of all scores will be considered. If these sums are also equal, the position in the chart is shared. 

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