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 seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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 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 Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Seanibus
3.9/5  rDev -12%

Probably the best selection in town, including the more colorful and attractive Market Street Wine Shop. They have a very good lineup of American craft brews from all over the country, including a few that are hard to find elsewhere in the area, such as Moylans. The selection of imports, particularly British and German, beer is unbeatable in Charlottesville. They do have a decent selection of singletons and 22 oz bottles available as well. I have some questions about how quickly they move or rotate their stock - there always seem to be a few bottles of LAST season's seasonal on the shelves. But I have never had a spoiled bottle from them. The prices are a bit steep, but if you have to have interesting beer and you don't want to drive to DC or Richmond, this is what you get.

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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%

visited sore on way home from vacation to williamsburg. Store was extremely crowded but there was a nice section along 2 walls for beer. There was a nice selection of belgiums and other European beers, and a good selection of American Microbrews. The prices were in line with other non-Pennsylvania stores that I have been to. There was a good selection of singles, though not as many as I had hoped for. I ended up picking out a mixed six-pack, since I was traveling and had only so much room. I'm sure if I lived in the area I would visit it often.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Tucked away behind a garage off Hwy 29 at Hydraulic Road. A bit dicey to get to - best to come in on Hydraulic from 29 and turn right into the parking lot.

My lament - the selection here used to be so much better. I've been coming here off and on for the last 10 years and watched the floor space slowly switch from beer to wine.

They still have a very nice selection, but this shop as with many others in Cville is no longer a destination store for me. It's a nice place to shop with a good to very good selection. Prices tend to be a little higher than the competition, but they always seem to have a few things that other's don't. Picked up Victory Doppel today and didn't see that anywhere else.

The cold temp of the store that others have mentioned is nothing to sneeze at. Saw two mom's in there today with babies and both of them had the kids bundled despite the outdoor temps. Guess mom's need their beer (and wine) too!

Good wall of Belgian/German selecitons and nice selection of micro singles.

Well worth a stop, but I usually make this my last stop when in town.

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Photo of dwoolley1
4/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of joe1510
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Stopped by the Wine Warehouse on a recent trip through Shenendoah and further South. The entire floor is loaded with wine and there are a couple shelves of beer in the back corner. There isn't a lot of beer in the store but the Belgian selection is well thought out.

I had a quick chat with one of the employees that seemed knowledgable but in a hurry to get somewhere else, although not rudely. The girl checking me out was talkative and friendly.

The selection is lacking for what I was expecting. The only local brewery I noticed was Blue Mountain, which was a bit of a let down for me because I was specifically looking for local beer. There was a decent selection of American micros along with a solid selection of English offerings. Their strong suit is the Belgian and Belgian-styled beer. There were a few bottles here and there that are a little tough to find but they were a little pricey. They had some imports I've seen elsewhere for $2-3 less a bottle.

I was a little disappointed in this place after reading the beerfly reviews. The lack of local breweries was the biggest let down. If I had it to do over again I would skip Wine Warehouse and hit a few of the other places in town.

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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 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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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 HookemHoos
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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 dbl_delta
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is not a huge place, but Wine Warehouse is an accurate description, in that most of the inventory is wine and it's still in the boxes. But a couple of walls are devoted to beer, and they have a pretty extensive collection of local brews. I had no trouble finding a dozen fairly local beers that were new to me, which wasthe whole reason for stopping. The staff could not have been more helpful. Zero ambience, but I don't go to a warehouse to hang out. Definitely worth a stop if you're in Charlottesville.

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Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev -9.7%

This is the place to get singles of great micros in this town. The focus seems to be more on Belgian and other Europeans, but overall the selection is great. The help is great and they keep the store at a constant temperature. I just wish they had evening hours, as opposed to being open at 9:30 in the morning.

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Photo of jaymo18
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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 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 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 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 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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Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 49 ratings