WE GATHER. WE MAKE. WE FEAST.
Inspired by both the ancient tradition of viticultural collaboration and by the daring innovation of modern garagistes, we are a group of makers with an insatiable obsession for quality, gathering under one roof in a warehouse in Baltimore City to make and enjoy exceptional wine and food.
Our two founders, John Levenberg and Enrique Pallares, were united by an almost quixotic quest for quality.
Over long hours of conversation under the quiet skies of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, John, Enrique and their families ate, drank wine together, and began crafting an ideal winery in speech, a place where wine and food of the absolute highest quality was made together with others, where collaboration was at the center of excellence, where the veil could be lifted and people could be invited in to drink wine and eat food in the winery, seeing and learning the process of this amazing craft.
They dreamed up a place where truly excellent things could be made and enjoyed with quality and community at its center.
The Wine Collective is the result of those conversations.
That the greatest things are achieved when a community of people gathers to make something beautiful together.
That the bounty of the soil and the sea reaches its highest expression and point of fulfillment when we gather to enjoy it around a table.
That a small silver fish in a tin from the cold waters of the Cantabrian Sea has the power to convert any skeptic, and that a thin slice of jamón ibérico has enough umami for a lifetime of bewilderment.
That a gulp of crisp wine is a period that enables the next sentence and a bridge that reaches over the widest chasms of humankind.
That the sun reminds us of our origins, and that the dim light bulb discloses the truest form of the human face.
That the past and the future collide in the present, and that the roof of a warehouse can be the canopy that shelters us from the storm of the machine.
That “cheers” or “salud” have a healing power that reactivate our human pact of love against all odds.
That together we can make something beautiful, something human.