Our Story

Established in 1996 by founding partners, Michael Stolese and Joerg Klauck, The Vermont Wine Merchants Company is Vermont’s premier wine-exclusive wholesale distributor.

The Vermont Wine Merchants Company currently carries over 2,000 wines from over 300 producers, both domestic and internationally. Vermont Wine Merchants’ portfolio represents and recognizes the finest brands the industry has to offer. All of our wines are individually selected by the owners to ensure our customers the highest quality product there is to offer in an ever-developing market. Wine selections are made by identifying the significant trends in the wine marketplace; such as emerging regions, increasingly popular varietals and styles, and pace-setting wineries.

This once “small” company has grown to a staff of over twentyfive individuals, including a strong sales staff. Currently we have nine sales representatives that cover territories all over the state of Vermont, from the Northeast Kingdom to the Brattleboro/Bennington area and everywhere in between.

News & Events

  • Patton Valley Punchline

Patton Valley Punchline

  • July 23rd, 2021

Patton Valley Vineyard has ample sun, cool breezes, and slopes to every aspect with a single soil type called Laurelwood. It's your basic paradise.

The Punchline Rosé is a wild, fun, and vibrant blend [...]

  • New Spanish Wines!

New Spanish Wines!

  • July 16th, 2021

With over 10 years of direct-to-consumer wine sales experience, the founders of Penobscot Imports expand their horizons to seek out the very best in Spanish wine for the U.S. market. We support producers who [...]

  • Bluet – Wild Maine Blueberry Wines

Bluet – Wild Maine Blueberry Wines

  • June 25th, 2021

BLUET
Maine Wild Blueberry Sparkling Wine

Thoreau called wild blueberries “bluets” and wrote of their “innocent ambrosial taste, as if made of the ether itself”. Bluet wild blueberry sparkling wine captures summer in Maine with the purity of a single ingredient: [...]