Vin Van is a pop-up wine company run by two friends, neighbours and wine obsessives: Jo & Steph. We run a weekly wine bar on Tuesday's and Wednesday's at Dock Lunch, a wine focused supper club series in unexpected locations throughout the city, as well as bespoke private and corporate events. These events are about sharing our combined mix of influences of good wine and food in unpretentious, approachable settings.
In Business Since 2018
Best Youth Entrepreneur
What motivated you to start your business and what is your vision for the future of your company?
Vin Van was born out of a desire to make wine more approachable. For our pop-up wine bar, we wanted to create somewhere where people can grab a casual glass of wine after work with friends from an interesting and varied wine list and offer a low stakes way of trying new and exciting wines by the glass. We were also inspired by the pop-up scene in London (one half of the Vin Van team is from there) and our supper clubs popping up in unique spaces around Vancouver was brought about by our experiences in London and wanting to bring a slice of that to Vancouver. We love utilizing beautiful spaces around Vancouver that stand empty in the evenings. Our vision for the future will be to one day open a permanent location for the Vin Van Wine Bar but we will still keep our pop-up spirit!
Why do you deserve to win the Best Youth Entrepreneur award?
We are truly passionate about wine and love sharing that passion with our customers in an approachable way. We are offering something that isn't easily found in Vancouver and embracing Vancouver's hidden spaces and gems. By popping up in different spaces and working with different local chefs, wine makers and suppliers we are supporting our local BC community and other small business owners - something we care deeply about. We love selecting interesting wines for people based on bottles we love drinking - a mixture of local BC wine, classic varieties and some from regions or grapes that people may not have had much experience of or would not think of buying themselves.
Premier's People's Choice
We love our customers and the community that has built around our weekly wine bars at Dock Lunch and our long tables dinners. We see familiar faces who come each week or for each dinner and love meeting all the new faces that walk through the door too. We are truly passionate about sharing wine with you all and the stories behind the bottles.