Chelsea Wine Vault - About Us


Chelsea Wine Vault Zagat Rating"The 'wondrously eclectic', 'well-displayed' wines at this Chelsea Market vintner include 'uncommon' labels from around the globe on offer at 'every price' point; frequent seminars held in its cellar-esque digs and 'tastings that lead you down new paths' add to the educational aspect, as does the 'cheerful', 'insanely helpful' staff there to 'giddily' guide you whether you want a '$7 bottle or a $2,000 one.'"

Quality - 24 | Display - 24 | Service - 23 | Cost - M

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At Chelsea Wine Vault, we sell only fine wines from producers who are committed to the highest standards of quality. Tasting every wine we buy, our highly-trained and dedicated staff can recommend a wide variety of wines with confidence. From Arneis to Zinfandel, both wine connoisseurs and those just beginning their love affair with wine will find our extensive selection irresistible and competitively priced.

Located in the Chelsea Market—the perfect one-stop shopping venue for all your gourmet food and wine needs—Chelsea Wine Vault is a store run by wine lovers for wine lovers. We invite you to visit our unique, temperature-controlled wine paradise. If you can't make it in person, give us a call, send us an e-mail, or place an online order and we will be happy to deliver almost anywhere in the country or special-order wines not currently in stock. Ultimately, we hope you enjoy your wine as much as we enjoyed selecting it for you. We look forward to your visit.

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We are your one stop location for all of your wines and spirits needs. Not only do we offer our customers an exemplary selection but we also provide full service in helping you plan the beverage selection for your corporate or private events. Our case discount structure is as follows:

Buy one case of wine; get 10% off
Buy two or more cases of wine; get 15% off

Discounts will not be applied to sale wines, or half bottles (half bottles purchased in person in our store are discountable). Although these items are not discountable they do however count toward completing your case (except for half bottles purchased online).

We can also host small parties, events, and tastings in our tasting room. Click the Event/Tasting Room link to read more.

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Our History

The history of the Chelsea Wine Vault began with an uncontainable passion for wine—literally! Daniel Barteluce, an architect by trade, and Don Kurt, a successful filmmaker, were inspired to begin a wine storage company because Don’s wine collection outgrew his New York City apartment and he had begun storing his cases in Dan’s New Jersey home. When Dan’s home was short on space, they thought there must be other people in the same situation, and began looking for a solution. In 1997, Don discovered Chelsea Market and realized its potential as a prime location for a storage company, but when they approached the landlord, he informed them that in order to obtain space in the basement, they would have to open a retail wine store on the ground floor. Today, the Chelsea Winery, Ltd. is composed of two different businesses:  Chelsea Wine Vault (retail store) and Chelsea Wine & Storage (wine storage facility), both located in Chelsea Market. The original decision to lease the space was made easier by the building’s rich history and continuing traditions. Its former tenant Nabisco baked the first Oreo Cookie© here, and the culinary tradition continues to this day. The Food Network, New York 1, Oxygen Media, Google, mlb.com, EMI Music, as well as our neighboring ground floor food retailers are part of this prestigious address. Chelsea Wine Vault was one of the first tenants on the ground floor and we are happy to be a part of the ever-changing Chelsea and Meatpacking neighborhoods.

Chelsea Wine Vault prides itself on being one of New York’s friendliest and best-stocked fine wine stores. Our success is based on Dan and Don’s philosophy of offering our customers a pleasant and professional wine buying experience in a beautiful and unique environment.  In addition, the Chelsea Wine Vault does not want to be another snobby wine store, but rather a place that caters to all sorts of different tastes and budgets. Our motto is “we only buy wine we love,” and for this reason we can truly stand behind the products on our shelves.  Our wine buyers taste everything that is purchased and the majority of our stock consists of small producer wines. We truly enjoy teaching our customers as much about wine as they’re willing to hear, and we love to watch them grow with us.

Chelsea Wine & Storage is our 10,000 square foot temperature and humidity controlled cellar. We have over 450 clients and about 27,000 cases of wine and we remain to be one of the most respected and sought-after wine storage facilities in the tri-state area. We have unparalleled service, security, and accessibility to New York’s wine community. Customers have instant onsite access to their wine collection for extended hours 6 days a week. We also offer a detailed, interactive online inventory system, where customers can view their wines and place orders via internet, twenty-four hours a day.

Together, Chelsea Wine Vault and Chelsea Wine & Storage work to serve our wine-loving customers with the most attentive and personalized service for the past fifteen years, and we’re looking forward to the future. We hope to see you there!