In 1993 the Government of Alberta privatized the liquor industry and disbanded their own chain of over 200 government run liquor stores. Since then, over 800 independents have opened for business, each required to purchase their products through a regulated consignment system.
The Wine Cellar, however, was allowed to continue direct-sourcing from international producers, thus bypassing the local consignment process. This unique status, enjoyed by only three Alberta based operators, frees us from having to accommodate heavy commissions and the assurance of inventories.
Because we sell wine, and only wine, our market environment is different from the vast majority of other Alberta liquor stores. We issue our own purchase orders, arrange transportation and help manage customs clearances. We also own the only privately held temperature-controlled wine warehouse in the province. Shipments are prompt, our suppliers are happy, and their products require no labeling modifications – all of which results in the tremendous cost savings reflected in our prices.
With our unique status, dedicated market and devoted staff, we offer an enviable package of low prices, large selection, and decades of experience. You’ll enjoy one of the most memorable wine buying opportunities available anywhere. If you like wine, you’ll love The Wine Cellar. Discover us today.