A members’ club with two locations in Toronto, including one on the Upper Level at Yorkville Village, Vintage Conservatory is a destination for oenophiles looking to securely store wine and connect with like-minded peers.
Vintage Conservatory—founded in 2010 just outside of the financial district, on Lombard Street—offers members access to climate-controlled wine cellars, private tastings, winemaker dinners and intimate networking spaces. Members feel like they’re hosting guests in their own living room, enjoying a bottle from their private collection—except that they can access chef-prepared dishes and pairing menus, and there won’t be any clean up after.
“You have a place to come in, wind down, meet your friends, meet your family, pair a beautiful dinner with the bottle,” says Lee Stein, Vintage Conservatory’s Director of Operations, adding that the clubs are welcoming spaces where you can comfortably enjoy new and rare vintages from your collection. “The clubs are equipped with a team that has the knowledge to handle the bottles properly, whether it’s decanting or additional preparation.”
Wine storage is the club’s key offering. “Every member has a locker,” says Stein. “Whether you choose to put a bottle in the locker or fill it entirely is completely on you.”
The Yorkville location of Vintage Conservatory boasts a 4,500-square-foot wine cellar, a stylish lounge space, four private dining rooms for business and social gatherings, and a winning food program directed by Chef Steven Kasprowicz.
In addition to lounge and private dining experiences and wine storage services, Vintage Conservatory members have access to a wide variety of programming for themselves and, for some events, their guests.
There are casual, drop-in wine tastings weekly, educational events on topics ranging from glassware to tequila, and exclusive winemaker dinners. “It’s an opportunity to sit down with your favourite winemaker at an intimate dinner, and be able to talk with them,” says Stein. “These are generally paired wine dinners where we will have the wine list and we will pair the dinner specifically to the according wine progression.”