Wine is a delicious alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes. Often associated with regions of northern France, it can be grown nearly anywhere that boasts a mild climate and a soupçon of wind. The love of wine has created a legion of passionate followers worldwide, which translates into a 440 billion dollar-a-year business that gets larger every year. Wine can be bought nearly anywhere alcohol is sold, however dedicated wine stores have emerged as the preferred way for wine connoisseurs and newbies alike to purchase it. Unlike the wine section at the local Safeway, dedicated wine stores offer knowledgeable staff, rare varietals, and pairing recommendations. Some wine stores exist as brick-and-mortar storefronts, hybrid operations that include an online sales component, or entirely online.

Owning and operating a wine store is not for the faint of heart. While a Master Sommelier diploma is not necessary, true passion for wine is a must. A wine shop owner and their employees must have an encyclopedic knowledge of wine so they can field all those nitpicky details discerning wine customers will inevitably have. If a wine store is servicing a local area, a wine store owner will have to effectively market their store to that area. Some wine stores that have become renowned for a certain niche specialization will find an audience outside of their local area. For example, a wine store with a world-class selection of rare Bariloche Malbecs could find a brisk business shipping to far-flung customers in places Malbecs are harder to get, such as Japan. Some stores offer seasonal discounts on certain varietals or wine-of-the-month clubs. Oftentimes, wine stores are run using on-premise software or software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms designed to handle inventory management and administration of promotions, online ordering, accounting and point-of-sale wine store payments.

Whether your wine store exists as an entirely brick-and-mortar operation, hybrid, or online only, Payment Integrator has a variety of wine store payment solutions that will make sure your wine business doesn’t die on the vine. We have seamless integrations into online storefront for shopping carts, and on-premise point-of-sale solutions for wine purchases with cash, check, credit cards and debit cards. All of our wine store payment solutions are frictionless, PCI-compliant, P2PE enabled and include the ability to accept payment options such as e-wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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