The wine business is fascinating, in that there are so many subcultures. In each segment (stemware, bottles, label art and reproduction, capsules, racking systems, et al) it still comes back to wine, and how it’s positioned and presented.

I’ve fallen in love with one such company, Dalst Wine Cellars. Why? Because it’s such an earthy operation, in every sense of the word “earthy.”

Just imagine hiring a mason to come to your home to create a matrix that will suit not only your wine, but also your home environment and the aesthetics of your décor.

Certainly, it takes a lot more time and thought than just buying a wrought iron rack or a pre-constructed shelving unit… And, yes, if you’re building a wine cellar, you have to make material decisions, like wood versus limestone. The bottom line truly is where your aesthetics lie.

Dalst Wine Cellars is owned and operated by two highly energetic, innovative, and independent guys, Theodore Finkle and Dionysi Grevenitis. They manage their company from Upstate New York. Ted’s the sales and marketing director and Dionysi is the one who loves to get his hands really muddy. Construction, because of the enormous weight, mostly happens on site.

The genesis of Dalst’s limestone wine alcoves dates back over 1,000 years, right to the medieval catacombs of France and Italy. When toiling monks first considered how best to store their wine, their decisions involved the best available resources for optimal storage of their wine. Those original considerations recognized in the Abbeys of Europe continue today as a benchmark standard for preeminent cellars, with Theodore and Dionysi being the two men to make it all come together.

[This people in the image are NOT Theodore or Dionysi, in case anyone’s wanting to connect those dots.]


Theodore Finkle ~ At the age of 20, Theodore began sculpting with stone. In 1991, he graduated from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI, with a degree in hospitality management. From ‘91 to ’95, he