GOODS | “Vancouver Urban Winery” One Of Few To Receive City’s New Lounge Licence
The GOODS from Vancouver Urban Winery
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver Urban Winery has just joined a select group of peer manufacturing facilities in Vancouver to be awarded the new government-appointed Lounge Endorsement License. Unanimously approved by city council in 2013, this new zoning law permits authorized craft manufacturers to operate a small consumption area within their venue whereby they may sell and serve beverages produced onsite without restriction to sample sized quantities.
“This is a game-changer for Vancouver Urban Winery,” says co-owner Steve Thorp. “We have a beautiful lounge within the facility, and we’re excited to now couple our tasting program with a wine menu that allows guests the option to uncork a bottle by the fireplace or share a few 5-ounce glasses at the bar.”
Vancouver Urban Winery guests will now have by-the-glass access to the 36 wine taps that line the 24-foot custom crafted Douglas fir tasting bar, as well as bottles of Vancouver Urban Winery’s “Colab Series” currently featuring Road 13 chardonnay, Bench 1775 pinot noir and Backyard Vineyards sparkling wine. You can learn more about the Railtown company and its wines after the jump…
The People Who Make It Happen
Steve Thorp | Co-Founder, COO
Mike Macquisten | Co-Founder, CEO
Wayne Holm | Partner
Kate Marshall | Facility Coordinator
Tony Trieu | Design, Logistics
Kelly Symonds | Winemaker
David Stansfield | Sommelier
About Vancouver Urban Winery
Vancouver Urban Winery is located two blocks off Gastown in the historic heart of Vancouver’s Railtown. The 7,700 square foot urban winery is the first of its kind in Vancouver and also operates as a unique special events space. The winery features a tasting bar where consumers can learn about British Columbia wines, and the exploding wine-on-tap category.
Alongside the tasting bar sits a boutique wine shop full of local items, wine merchandise, artisan foods and beverages……and plenty of wine!
The winery manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands including Roaring Twenties Wine Co. The operations of FreshTAP, which specialize in packaging quality wines in stainless steel kegs for the emerging wine-on-tap category also takes place within the Vancouver Urban Winery.
As an urban winery the business is not attached to a specific vineyard. This enables the winery to source wine grapes and finished product from any appellation in the world.
The urban winery concept brings the consumer closer to the winemaking experience in a more meaningful way than a simple wine bar or retail space might. Wine aficionados traditionally travel to remote areas to learn about winemaking firsthand and to taste the offerings of a wine producer in the setting in which they were made. Now, many urban dwellers can hop in their car for a short drive, take public transport or even walk to enjoy an authentic winery experience.