For travelers who would like some wine but don’t want to pass their time at the airport in a bar, Vino Volo offers a unique alternative.
The company opened at San Antonio International (SAT) in the new D/E Connector in November. It is expected to open at Philadelphia International (PHL) – its second store at the airport – in Terminal 1 by the end of the year. Terminal C at Newark Liberty International (EWR) will be home to another store in mid-January, which will bring the total number of company stores to 10, at nine airports.
Vino Volo offers the chance to taste wine, enjoy small food plates and relax in leather lounge chairs near their boarding gates.
“Vino Volo is a completely new concept in wine retail and travel,” says Doug Tomlinson, founder and chief executive officer of Vino Volo. “We provide a unique wine tasting opportunity for air travelers looking for a place to spend their time before boarding.
“We have completely reinvented the pre-travel experience at the airport by offering
our guests a comfortable refuge while allowing them to taste and buy extraordinary wines at all price points,” he continues. “We select what we think are the best wines in each price category and organize them into tasting flights.”
Vino Volo offers its wine by the glass, in themed tasting flights, and by the bottle for customers to take home or have shipped. The company plans large expansion in the coming five years, with each store being between 1,000 and 2,000 sq. ft.