Wine Warehouse

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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1804 Hydraulic Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901-2840
United States

(434) 296-1727 | map
winewarehouseinc.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
49
pDev:
8.35%
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 49
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Wow, I was happy to find this place... although it was trickier than I expected to find. I found some beers here I couldn't find in the bunch of other places I looked in Virginia and you were able to pull singles. The man here definitely knew beer, and the atmosphere.... it was sort of like a beer exhibition with displays tastefully done yet enabled for beer exploration. One of my favorite visits to a beer store and one I will definitely visit again. Prices might have been a little higher here, but sometimes you pay that for this type of quality... although maybe the prices were fine as I am a Midwesterner, so maybe I'm spoiled in that regard.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Maybe some other BA's are used to stores like this, but living in North Carolina, this place is heaven...

Practically every beer I could ever want was there, and on top of that, the staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgable.

The only complaints I have are actually compliments: First, the store is pretty crowded and a little difficult to maneuver around in (but that's just because there's so much beer and wine packed into a small space) and second, it's nearly impossible to choose amongst the tremendous offerings and decide how to spend my allotted amount.

If this place was in my home town, I'd go there every day. No joke--it's that awesome.

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Photo of hmph
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Reviewed after about 10 visits

When I first found this place I fell in love so didn't feel it was time to write a review. However after a good number of return visits I am still enamored and really enjoy each subsequent visit just as much.

They have a large range of Belgians and a nice selection of American beers. The layout is very well done and the ability to take singles if needed is great. I'm always surprised or intrigued by something new I see in there and have yet to be disappointed. Matt is the man who does the beer ordering and is super knowledgeable. He taste's about everything that comes in the door so he can answer almost any question. They also are more than willing to order something they don't have if its in stock from the distributor.

They have tastings and also have a few food events throughout the months as well.

In general this is a great store with a nice selection and great staff to maintain it. A first and regular stop for me when looking for good beer!

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Photo of philipt
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Let me start with this: I've been to Sam's in Chicago and it really was a let-down after living a mile from the Wine Warehouse. Nowhere near the size of Sam's, but the selection, variety (especially micros) and, with no hesitation, the service far exceed anything I ave experienced (inluding Sam's and the Vintage Cellar).

A particularly good selection of Belgians and micros. They have everything you could want that is available in north-Central VA. I have never been to the shop and left empty handed or disappointed. The personal service is fantastic. There is particularly knowledgable staff, and take their recommendations. Even though the store is a little cramped, it just adds to the small, local business feel.

By the way, did I mention they do tastings too.

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Photo of McBraniel
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Fantastic beer selection (Belgians, various other imports, American micro-brews, etc.). The temperature is cool, which is perfect for storing beer, and which immediately tells you something about the quality of the place, and how seriously the proprietor, Matt, takes things. The entire staff is knowledgeable, though Matt, in particular, has a spectacular knowledge of most anything beer related, and is always extremely helpful. You can mix your own six-packs on most anything in the place. My favorite beer store in Charlottesville. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ggaughan
5/5  rDev +12.9%

I visited the Charlottesville area on a vacation with my wife recently and I wanted to find some places to pick up some local brews to bring back to PA. Although the vacation was basically a wine tasting trip, I am glad that we stopped here because I thought they had a really cool beer selection. The Belgian selection was very impressive. The had a host of trappist brews and the best selection of Cantillion I have seen in one place. Although I could not afford to get all the rarer Cantillion's they had, I got a few that were about $30 each but based on how rare they are to find I didn't think that was bad deal. I ended up leaving the place with fourteen 750ml bottles and it was well worth the trip and the money. I plan on heading back to the store my next trip through that area. I would highly recommend a stop here for some good brews. I bit hard to find but worth the trip.

The fellow that helped me with my beer selections was also the waiter at a restaurant I ate at the night before and he remembered me because I ordered a Haansen's Gueze with dinner. Good guy.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

These folks are great!! Even though I've never been to the store, I've had an exceptional experience dealing with them. Huh? (you might say). Well let me explain. Since I live in Georgia I can't get many of the beers I've come to enjoy and with our archaic three-tier distribution system we may never get to have some. (No Stone, Victory, Allagash, or DFH) Anyway my sister and brother-in-law live in C'ville and I knew I'd see them at Christmas in Myrtle Beach. So I thought he could bring some beers for me. I emailed Wine Warehouse and explained what types of beers I enjoy and the breweries I can't get in Georgia. Well I received an email back within two hours that listed about 25 recommended beers!! At this point I was dealing with Matthew Brown. He offerred to set aside whatever I wanted so my brother-in-law could pick it up. I jumped at the chance and will soon be able to enjoy some outstanding beers. This was unbelievable customer service.!!! I'll have to stop in next Christmas when we make our bi-annual trek North.

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Photo of jpwild240
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

Most of what has been said thusfar is completely accurate. It is COLD inside, but the beer and wine takes first priority before the employees' comfort, so they keep it cold. Yes, it's cramped, but who cares? It's a TINY price to pay for their incredible selection, astonishingly knowledgable employees (apparently, the guy who worked with me wasn't even 'the beer guy, who is apparently named 'Matt') and their prices are just perfect. You're not getting ripped off, but you're getting what you pay for :)
Interesting side note:
"My local beer store" has some Old Horizontal Barleywine bottled in 2001... it's been aged and tastes phenomenal. They want 2.40 per bottle. At W.W. they have 2004 bottled stuff for sale at 2.45 a bottle. When I told the guy that they had the 2001 bottled stuff, he told me I'd be a fool not to go down there and buy it right up. I'M GOING TO! But only a truely selfless beer guy would tell you to buy from someone else if they have something rare. Bravo. My beer store of choice, even though it's an hour drive one way.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

As a Charlottesville resident for the last few years now, I'm surprised I haven't been here more often for my beer needs. I finally decided to look while searching for Weihenstephaner brands (which I found, I might add). Previously, I had only really been in to purchase champagne or wine, of which there is also a great selection.

Like most others have already mentioned a number of times, it is still tight as tight can be. Not possible to pass other customers in rows and some require kind of sliding down sideways to make it through, and I'm not particularly large. What they have managed to do with all the cramming is exceptional, though. A wide assortment of both wines and beers, most of which won't be found anywhere else in this town. Six packs can be broken up for singles, and there is a very small price difference for the trouble. They are willing to look into special orders, and if it's available through the state, they'll likely get it in.

The place is kept cool as mentioned in other reviews and there is a sign explaining that it is done to keep the building like a giant refrigerator. On cooler evenings, purchases can typically be brought home and opened immediately without any sort of chilling beforehand, which is nice. The employees, to date, have all been enthusiastic, friendly, and tend to have their own knowledge and experience with their own drinks of choice - if ever unsure about something to try, it would certainly be worth asking for a suggestion.

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Photo of skillerified
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

I don't travel too extensively, but when I do get out I try to check out the local beer scene where I'm at. This store may be the best beer store that I've visited anywhere in the country yet. Maybe not, I wouldn't say it definitively, but it's certainly a stunner.

Clearly this place makes an effort to keep their merchandise in good condition. The temp in the store, as others have noted, is intentionally very cool. Additionally, the lights seemed to be dimmed a little. I haven't come across too many places that go to that kind of effort to present a quality product.

The limited service I received was pretty good. The guy knew his stuff and he knew the local options outside of his store as well.

Selection is where I experienced a bit of a paradigm shift. After a short discussion with the one employee in the store, I came to realize that they make a real effort to stock brews that aren't available elsewhere locally. Where it seems that most specialty beer stores are happy to simply offer non-BMC items and call it a day, these guys are really out there looking for the more obscure options. This means that they will pass up on stocking even a quality beer if they can instead offer a quality beer that no one else in the area has. I don't think I've really come across a place with that sort of mindset before and unquestionably for me that makes this a destination shopping point.

Just to wrap it up, go early- they close at 7:30 pm everyday it looked like. Prices seemed reasonable to me, but being from out of state it's hard to know how they compare to other locations in the area. Again though, if you're looking for something no one else has, then price probably won't really matter much.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

Easy drive from Chesterfield. Tiny place with aisles that probably violate most US laws on accessibility. Amazing array of brew from everywhere. All the Trappists present and accounted for along with the rest of your favorite Belgians. The day I was there, I could not find anything from Abbaye des Rocs. I was assured that they carry it, and the clerk performed a thorough search to make sure we hadn't missed it. None to be found, but I believe him. They also have a premier selection of American micros and other Europeans.

The corner display of the owner's private collection of glassware is a nice touch too. I was prepared to buy a number of them before I saw the big "Not For Sale" sign. Darn.

The Wine Warehouse is on my monthly Saturday "beer drive". I don't have to make the cross-state haul to Blacksburg since I found this gem of place.

Friendly helpful staff, great selection. I just get depressed when I have to make the hour long drive home. I have the wife drive so that I can caress the bottles, impatiently waiting to consume them once we arrive at the house.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.65/5  rDev +5%

Stopped in while passing through the area, after seeing this place mentioned in another thread on BA.

Definitely worth the stop. Sure I wished I lived closer, so that I could come by more frequently than once or twice a year.

Great selection of beer that I couldn't get in NC. 3 Floyds, Smuttynose, Bear Republic. Picked up a Raison D'Extra, (can't wait to try that one!!) and some Stone Vertical Epic 060606.

Excellent selection of Belgians as well.
Very reasonable pricing. Got a half dozen quality bombers and about 12 excellent individual beers for under $50, and was very pleased.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%

The first thing you’ll notice upon walking in is the temperature. Its pretty chilly inside probably mid to low 60’s in the store which is great for the beer compared to some stores which are like walking into an oven. The place is crowded with wine and beer and the aisles and room to browse the selection are small. Which is fine with me since it means more quality beer per square foot even if I have to step to the side to browse the bottom self. They had a great selection of Belgian imports with quite a few I have not seen up in the Northern Virginia/DC area. Most complete Cantillon selection I have seen anywhere with a few of the rarer ones. Also found a few bottles of 1999 Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze there. The rest of the imports from Germany and UK had a few I hadn’t seen anywhere else either. I was quite impressed with the amount of stuff I have not come across. Their American micro section was well stocked as well. Most of it was the usual suspects Stone, Victory, DFH, 3Floyds etc but nothing that I had not seen elsewhere. I will definitely by stopping by here when in area.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

After having been told that I have to go to this place by everyone I have met who has visited them, I must agree it is a great place to visit while in Charlottesville.

My parents work for UVA and happen to be in close range so they scoped it out for me before I spent a couple hours driving down and back. They said it would definitely be my type of place and taking their word for it I drove over.

When I got there I immediately noticed how little room they had for any more wine or beer. Their store is fairly small but their beer selection was excellent. They had enough beer to keep my attention for almost an hour. I couldn't make up my mind as they had a bunch of stuff I was dying to try.

The service was great and the staff was indeed very knowledgable.

I really liked the fact that everything in the store was priced to be singled if you couldn't find a single already out.

Overall I really enjoyed my visit to the Wine Warehouse, it wasn't near as cold as I had heard but the weather outside was the same inside so I guess I really didn't notice. It did get pretty cramped in there but it was managable. I definitely recommend you stop by if you are in town.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Great bottle shop to hit while you're headed to the airport....so I did. Inside you will see a large selection of wine and a quite a decent selection of craft beer. Immediately a young man who was quite knowledgeable about beer styles and local brews was there to help. Without a lot of room in my bags, I selected a few local IPA's to haul and try at my next city. Quite a variety of stuff from the east coast, midwest and some good names from the left coast too. Lots of bombers as well. They let me buy singles, which was awesome, highly recommend this place.

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Photo of synergy7
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great place to get beer in Charlottesville, always seems to have great selection of the standard East Coast fare (Bell's, Founders, DFH, Oskar Blues, etc.) and their mailing list is fantastic for getting easy access to whales and rarer beers. They really do a great job of getting special stuff in from local breweries like 3 Brothers and Champion when they come out with something new, so it's great to see them supporting local craft. Knowledgeable staff, always ask if you need some help and more than willing to talk beer at the register.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

After going to the wine warehouse, it will be difficult to go other places. The store is cramped and difficult to get a birds eye view of all the beers, but other than that and the lack of a discount for case quantities of single bottles, I have no real complaints.

The cashier was quite talkative and even pointed out one of the bottles that had a lower than normal carbonation level so I would not be surprised. He seemed somewhat knowledgeable and was definitely helpful.

The selection is awesome. Tons of Belgians and belgian styles as well as a good selection of micros. Not a BMC in sight.

I'll be back after the wallet revives and whenever I am back in the area. Between Wine Warehouse, Harris Teeter and Whole Foods within about a mile distance apart, you simply cannot go wrong in Charlottesville.

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Photo of drtth
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After 3-4 visits its time to reviews.

The atmosphere here is wine and beer store modern and one thing I like about it is that they keep the temperature inside the building very cool so that the beverages are at or close to cellar temperature. The could be a bit more careful about exposure of the beer to light, but I've seen worse.

They person who does the beer selection knows his stuff and they have a wide range of things I've wanted to buy. Most all of the beers on offer are from the best breweries, even the local stuff. (I've only spotted beer from one local brewery here and it is definitely the one I think is best.)

The staff are helpful but not pushy and willing to take time to talk, etc. On one visit bought enough that they volunteered at 10% discount.

There is a very large selection here and the beers on offer range from some of the best Belgians through the best of Britain and some first rate US craft breweries.

On the whole I've found the prices reasonable in that they are competitive with other stores that have a wide range of beers on offer, and I don't think I've ever felt I over paid on anything I bought. (Naturally I'd have liked to pay less, but who wouldn't?)

For me this is a must visit place when I have to be in C-ville for any length of time.

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Photo of veech
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

This hidden oasis of a beverage store was only a few miles down the street from our hotel so i was pretty pumped to stumble on to it. The main knock on this place was simply physically getting into it. There is construction galore around the location and maneuvering into the somewhat hidden parking lot requires some dexterity. Once you get there you'll be rewarded with a very nice selection of delicious brews at reasonable prices. I picked up a couple of bottles of Sierra Nevada XXX, a few offerings from Caldera, 21st Amendment and Full Sail Session(love the beer and the stubby bottles) to name a few. The focus is definitely on the vino, ergo the name, but the beer is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Back at my parents' in C-Ville so I have to check out the wares at the WW.

Now of course 80% of the store is wine, which is by no means a bad thing. Good temperature control and boxes upon boxes of wine. The right 15-20% facing the entrance from the outside is for the beer. Almost exclusively craft, and some of the best stuff going. This is where I go for my Bell's fix when in town, since Massholes don't have ready access back in Boston.

Caught the beer guy while I was there - he was more than willing to provide a few recommendations and was very helpful.

Selection is only limited by space - it's solid but not overly huge. Prices may be a little more than the average bear. Noticeable but it's not like I won't keep coming back. Great shop - I encourage those passing through to check it out.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Truly a great place, albeit very, very small as everyone has said. The beer section doesn't look like much from the offset, but upon closer inspection, they do have some great stuff. Great Belgian section, with all the normal stuff like Rochefort, Nostradamus, Orval, des Rocs, Cantillon, etc. Definitely one of the better Belgian sections I have seen (only Half-time in Poughkeepsie beats it). The bottles are pretty cheap as well. The micro section was average, although they did have some Alpha King which I've had a hard time finding and some rare dogfish stuff like the 120 minute and WWS (I think theirs was a few years old, definitely not the 2005 brew). Oh, one other thing, if you are in the area get there quick because they have 4 bottles of Westvleteren 12 left. They are the unlabeled bottles so look closely (they also had some 8 when we were there but that is gone now). Lucky find which made this place all the better.

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Photo of Riff
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

This is primarily a wine discounter, so when you walk in there are just stacks of boxes of wine forming aisles in the store. Half of the back and one side of the store are shelves of beer. Good selection, particularly if you are looking for more local beers. There are some of the major breweries, noted Stone, Lagunitas, Evil Twin, and Founders. Not so much Sierra Nevada. Some decent variance in choice, some older IPAs on the shelves. Staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to help look for what you wanted. Did take note that they said they are leaning away from West Coast breweries to focus more and more on closer breweries. From what I have seen of the area, the best selection this side of C'ville.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited this place while passing through Charlottesville on our way to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We were unfortunate to get there a few minutes after they closed, which was a surprise since it was 7:30 on a Friday. Luckily, a kind employee saw us and allowed us a quick through the store.

The craft selection is off to the right with a nice selection of U.S. stuff as well as plenty of imports, especially Belgian beer. Nice showing of Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, and at really nice pricing. The U.S. selection was quite impressive, as they still had Firestone Abacus and Parabola, the former of which went in a day or so in Northern Virginia. Other than that, lots of standard distribution stuff, but they had it all, so no complaints there.

All in all, I'd certainly head back to this place to pick up some Belgians as well as to see what limited-release stuff they might still have.

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Photo of TaiPan
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

This is an excellent store. The only reason it does not get a higher rating is because it is wine-centric (which I don't personally think is a flaw) and the selection is kind of confusing to peruse. Less beer than other stores I visited, but much higher quality to quantity ratio. They sell singles, and lots of them. They have limited releases and small, lesser known brands along with all the obligatory commercial successes. They have a friendly staff who knows the beer. This was one of the quickest and easiest purchase experiences I've had at a beer store while traveling, and not because I was disappointed. I purchased about a case of beer and every one was a winner, something not widely available, or something interesting. Nice job, guys.

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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

V: This isn't the biggest place ever, and most of its square footage is crammed with wine, but they manage to stock some good beers. It's not exactly a visually stylish place, but that makes little difference.

Q: Wine Warehouse has a good quality array of beers. you won't find any macrobrewery nonsense around here.

S: I didn't really ask many questions of the store employee who was there, but he was friendly an attentive nonetheless.

S: A very nice selection of beers. Lots of Virginia brews on display (Hardywood, Three Notch'd, Adroit Theory, Champion), some national (The Bruery, Lagunitas, Cascade, Great Lakes), and a lot of international beers as well. In general, this is a well chosen selection. They pack a lot into their relatively small beer area.

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