As a New Yorker who loves wine, I know how hard it can be to squeeze an ever-expanding wine collection into a tiny apartment. But I definitely won’t be complaining to Manhattan’s Matt Baldassano. For the past four years, he’s been running a full-on winery out of his 550-square-foot apartment. Plus a little backyard space for grape storage and fermentation. Cheater.
Baldassano’s project is known as the Village Winery Club – a “winery” that for legal reasons is actually a subscription-only wine club, allowing him to operate under New York’s home wine-making laws. According to Thrillist, though the grapes (as much as two tons worth) get shipped in from all over the world, every other part of the process – even the crushing – takes place on site at his apartment.
It’s a pretty serious commitment for the third generation urban winemaker. He currently makes ten different varieties of wine which need to be temperature controlled during barreling, meaning not only is his apartment flush with wine storage, but the place is temperature controlled at 66 degrees.