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vinogusto
Location: Rue JB Vannypen, 75, Brussels, Belgium, 1160, Belgium
Founded in: 2007
Stage: Beta (public testing)
Number of employees: 1-5
Funding history:
- Date: 02/2009, Series A: $350 k
- Date: 03/2008, Seed: $200 k
- Date: 03/2007, Seed: $150 k
Profitable year: 2010
Short URL: vator.co/vinogusto

vinogusto

Wine guide and social network
Startup/business
Belgium Belgium
http://www.vinogusto.com
About
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Company description

Wine is a pleasure to share ! 

Vinogusto.com enables its users to select and find the wine they're looking for. The concept is based on user reviews of more than 100,000 wines and as many producers and wine merchants.

Vinogusto.com encourages to share, learn and discover the world of wine. Over 15.000 lodgings in the wine regions, 5.000 restaurants and winebars, wineries to visit... a unlimited source of information for everyone who wants to discover the world beyond the bottles, meet the winemakers, visit the wineries, dare enter a specialized wineshop, discover lovely spots not mentioned in the traditional travel and wine guides...

 

Vinogusto.com was launched 18 months ago in 5 European languages. Today with up to 450,000 monthly unique visitors, it has become the European market leader.

 

To the wine professionals we offer the opportunity to increase their online presence and to enrich their content on our site.

 

Vinogusto.com key features

-         Recommend wines which fit the user criteria and are available nearby

-         Enable a user to manage its wines and reviews for wines and places

-         Offer the opportunity to share and meet around the wine pleasures


Team
Business model

Wine professionnals (wineries, merchants, restaurants, winebars, lodgings in the wine regions, tour operators,...) present their businness as well as their wines and services offers to our visitors.

We work with yearly subscription and different levels of exposure depending on the yearly fee.

Competitive advantage

European based, in the heart of the wine culture, with an active community in French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and English.

 

It's not based on the idea of selling more wine, it's about winetourism and culture. It's about sharing a pleasure, discovering a culture and learning about each other through wine.