Offering wines from around the world, a new wine store known as Gvino Enoteca opened in historic downtown Leesburg two weeks ago.
The new Market Station shop is co-owned by Giacomo Galimberti, who is Italian and is from the Lake Como region of Italy, and his wife Kristen MacCormack, who hails from Leesburg.
Located in what was previously a dry cleaner, the space has now been transformed into a boutique wine shop.
As a certified sommelier, Galimberti has an extensive knowledge of international wines and wanted to bring his years of experience in the wine industry to the local area, he said.
Galimberti is the former wine director at Cafe Milano in Washington, D.C. and has also worked at restaurants in Dubai and London.
The shop sells selections from affordable everyday wine to more expensive investment wine from France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Portugal and the U.S. which are grouped by region around the shop. He also plans to add wine from Loudoun County vineyards.
Each Friday, Galimberti hosts a tasting experience in the shop where he offers his knowledge of different wine regions.
In addition to wine, there are Italian charcuterie items for sale made by Terra di Sienna, based in Richmond.
Galimberti encourages customers to try different varietals of wine, and as a way to do so, he has created a wine-of-the-month club which can be purchased monthly.
“We pick the bottles and provide information about the wine and the wine making process,” he said. “We want to introduce you to wine you have never had the opportunity to taste before.”
Meeting his wife by chance at a concert at the DC Wharf, he said it feels like it was destiny that they found each other, Galimberti said.
“Neither one of us wanted to go to the concert,” he said. “But we met and we were married in March 2019.”
The couple now have a two-year-old son and live in Leesburg.
Opening a wine shop is a new challenge, but one they said they are excited to offer to the area, he said.
“We want people to feel like this is a place to share information and provide a boutique experience,” he said. “Sort of like you are at home in your living room.”