Village Vino is a neighborhood wine bar and retail wine store located in the Kensington area of beautiful San Diego, California. Founded by wine connoisseur and industry veteran, Rita Pirkl, as family owned and operated business focused on sharing great small family owned wine selections with the local community. Village Vino has become one of the vivid benchmarks in the local wine and culinary scene since its founding in 2012. With more than 100+ premium and unique wines on our list, there is always something new on the menu or on the shelf to sip, savor, and enjoy!
In 2015, Village Vino joined another local San Diego family owned and operated hospitality star – BTS Hospitality Group. BTS Hospitality is comprised of BTS Catering and Events and The Fantail Café @ the USS Midway Museum. BTS is San Diego’s highest rated off premise catering company, with more than 25 years’ experience in the local marketplace and abroad.
John Crisafulli, owner and founder of BTS Hospitality has spent more than 25 years building a reputation and solid local business in San Diego. The company is known for its excellence and innovation in the food and beverage industry. John directs and manages all aspects of BTS Hospitality Group’s local and international business interests. With an education in business finance, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he leads his multi-faceted company’s day to day operations in San Diego and around the globe at large high profile events as the Olympic Games.
The success of BTS can be traced to its commitment to supporting local businesses, vendors, charities, and community groups with the neighborhoods and communities in which BTS operates. As a food and wine industry veteran, John is committed to carrying on the mission of Village Vino to support the small family owned vintners’ wine making around the globe and then pair these delicious selections with a creative and flavorful menu.
As a native San Diegan and an educated and well-traveled wine and food enthusiast John is dedicated to continue Village Vino’s relaxed and approachable service concept. Further, John plans to continue to develop this inviting neighborhood wine bar and retail gem as the location in San Diego to find the BEST well balanced and affordable wine selections.