“In 2003 I had the idea to create an exciting location that wine lovers could access and explore day and night, to store their wine, meet, share their passion and experience great events. After opening and running the first wineBANK in my hometown in Germany successfully I decided to turn the idea into a network of locations all over the world. With several clubs up and running in Europe, we are now coming to the US with wineLAIR. A major step for us towards our vision in shaping the world’s leading wine community!”




The first wineBANK was founded in the German Rheingau wine region near Frankfurt in 2009. It has been the meeting place for wine lovers in central Europe ever since.

Over the years, the unique private members’ club concept has grown into a successful, international franchise network with locations in Germany and Austria. The biggest advantage: Every member has access to all locations – in Europe even 24/7, 365 days a year – with their personal member’s card. They can enjoy wine with business partners and friends wherever they wish to!

In 2020, the concept was introduced to the US using a similar license model. The brand is called wineLAIR in the States. The first wineLAIR club welcomes its guests and members in Washington D.C.

Every wineBANK or wineLAIR club has its own individual character. Architecture, site, design – the creative interplay between factors ensures that all guests can enjoy an exceptional and unique experience in every club.

Besides the co-founders Christian Ress, Steven Buttlar, Frank Klemm, Stefan Ress, Clemens von Eltz-Rübenach and Olivier Brun the international wine & spirits distributer Mack & Schühle has recently invested in the wineBANK Franchise.

If you’re interested in the franchise system (outside the US) please click here to learn more.

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