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The Vices, York – A former police station transformed into a boutique wine store

The former Victorian Police Station in Fulford York, has been transformed into a boutique wine store. The Vices Archive offers a stylish fusion of retail and hospitality and boasts an eclectic mix of over 100 fine Italian wines, including limited editions that are otherwise hard to source in the UK. The hand-selected collection includes red, white, rosé, sparkling and dessert wines as well as champagnes and Giuseppe Gusti balsamic vinegar.

The Vices Archive founders – Daniel Curro and Moreno Carbone – are also creating an exclusive hotel experience – The Vices – with three beautifully designed suites, a restaurant and bar. The new hotel concept will open later this year. The food and beverage offering has been designed to excite even the most creative foodie.

Wine & Dine Yorkshire had a chat with Daniel Curro to find out more about the business and their plans for the future.

How did the idea to create a boutique wine store come about?
2020 was supposed to be the year that we opened our hotel, The Vices York. And a part of the offering was going to be our wine store, The Archive.

Covid-19 obviously affected the progression of the hotel, so we made the decision to delay the opening until Winter 2021, and to open The Archive first.

It gives the customer a wonderful taste of what’s to come, and it’s a chance to enjoy something special at home. People are still looking for ways to celebrate the happy moments right now, and we knew The Archive could compliment this perfectly.

Do you both come from a beverage background?
I’m an AIS certified sommelier and professional chef. My background is all hospitality and customer experience led, which was a huge driving factor. My partner Moreno, actually comes from an engineering background and has true passion for art and design. He has an impressive background of property development and together we knew we could create something spectacular.

What can people expect when they visit you?
They can expect to be wowed. We’ve worked incredibly hard to pull together an impressive wine collection which includes limited edition runs, and some wines which in the whole of the UK can only be found in The Archive. We want people to really explore flavours and have new experiences with us. You can actually book a complimentary 45 minute shopping experience on our website, which gives you sole access to the collection as I understand your tastes and preferences, and help you choose the perfect bottle.

What makes your The Vices stand out?
Our focus on Italian wines is a very important part of our story. We find that this can be an under-explored area of the wine market and we really wanted to create an impressive showcase of what Italy is producing. It’s fascinating, and we love opening peoples’ eyes to a whole new sector.

I also think our emphasis on customer experience is helping us to build such strong relationships with our clients. They know they can come to me for bespoke advice, they know the item will be delivered in a beautiful way and they know they can find something special in The Archive for any occasion. I find myself becoming their personal wine shopper, which I love! They keep me updated on what celebrations they’ve got coming up and I make sure they always have the perfect wine on the table.

What are your plans for the future?
We have some very exciting virtual events and partnerships lined up for this year, which will be announced in March. And then of course, we’re working on bringing our hotel, The Vices York, to life. By the end of the year, guests will be able to stay in one of our three suites, and visit our bar and restaurant.
The future is very exciting and although 2020 brought with it plenty of challenges, and of course a delay in opening is always disappointing, we’re looking forward to putting it behind us and working on a successful launch.

To find out more about The Vices, please visit www.thevices.co.uk

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