Empowering Women: Katy Gaenicke and Michelle Manware

Katy Gaenicke and
Michelle Manware

Co-founders of Uva Wine Bar

46 Main St., Plymouth
774-283-4211 uvawineplymouth.com

What inspired you to open up a self-serve wine bar? 
A few years ago we were on vacation in Grand Cayman and we visited a wine bar that featured self-serve WineStations. We were instantly amazed by the technology and ability to self-pour wine. We decided right then and there that we were going to take a leap of faith and open a self-serve wine bar back in Massachusetts. All of our research and planning took about 18 months and we opened Uva Wine Bar in June, 2019.

What are some of the advantages of a self-serve wine bar?
Customers have the opportunity to sample and learn about a variety of different wines without any pretense. Each wine features an info card explaining the flavors, grape variety and region of origin to help customers choose a wine that will satisfy their personal palate. Guests use their wine card to dispense a 1.5-ounce, 3-ounce or 6-ounce pour. It’s essentially creating your own tasting, on your own terms. 

What should every customer know before they visit?
There is some technology involved, but there are plenty of staff on hand to help operate the machines. We’ve found, however, that customers enjoy having the control of dispensing their own drinks.

What do you find to be the most gratifying aspect of your job?
Every day we have people who walk in and their eyes grow wide. It’s an honor for us to help our customers learn the pleasures of wine without pretension and confusion.