The Traveling Vineyard is a direct selling company in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It sells wine directly to customers without a middleman such as a liquor store or online merchant such as Amazon. The company’s corporate headquarters is found at 4 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938. You can contact the company’s customer service line by calling (877) 340-9869. The Traveling Vineyard is a member of the Direct Selling Association and abides by all of their guidelines and meets all of their criteria.
One of the distinguishing points of the Traveling Vineyard is that it brings wines directly into people’s homes. People do not have to travel to a liquor store or wine tasting event to be able to sample wines. It also beats out online retailers of wines, by allowing a customer to first sample a wine before he or she decides to order a bottle or case of wine.
Here is how the Traveling Vineyard’s business plan essentially works. A wine guide who acts as a sales agent who markets the wine directly to interested customers comes to a person’s home. The cost for a wine guide coming to the person’s home is zero. A customer pays nothing for a wine guide’s time and the free samples of wine and food they bring. This is considered to be part of the marketing budget of the company. Wine guides, according to the Traveling Vineyard official website, are essentially marketers of the wines carried and sold by the Traveling Vineyard at the time.
The wine guide’s duty is to provide samples of wine, pair it with foods, which is a practice called sommology and educate the customer on the different wines available. A wine guide must then offer for sale and market the wines in stock at the Traveling Vineyard. For each bottle or case sold, the wine guide can get up to a 35% commission from the sales.
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