The Wine Merchant, Ltd. opened in 1992 on Hanley Rd., on the edge of downtown Clayton. In 2015, after 23 years at the original location, we moved around the corner and into the heart of Clayton, on Forsyth Blvd. The change in location hails a new era for The Wine Merchant, as we now have a facility specialized for our exact needs. Of course, we continue to offer the same huge selection, amazing prices, and knowledgeable staff.


Our ownership team consists of founder Charles Prince—a man who has been in the industry so long he remembers when Caymus was $10—and Jason Main, a Certified Sommelier who has been with the company since 2007 and has a contagious enthusiasm for the world of wine.

Our staff is the heart of The Wine Merchant experience. We have three sommeliers on staff, and we go out of our way to support each other in the endless study of wine and spirits. Our staff travels around the world to breathe in the vineyard air, taste from barrels, and meet the people behind the wines we bring to your table. You can’t be in a bad mood when you work in the wine world. It’s a fun product that brings people together. So we spend our time finding great wines at all price points, from all different areas of the world, so that you too may drink well.


We strive to reach all corners of the wine market. Whether you’re looking for popular brands, everyday drinkers, or collector’s bottles, we’ve got you covered. We have over a thousand wines in stock, and access to thousands more.


Our extensive spirits selection includes every whiskey that is available to us, along with hundreds of gins, vodkas, rums, and tequilas, and a wide variety of liqueurs and aperitifs. Our weekly tastings help you find your new favorite spirit!


The Wine Merchant’s cheese department wins annual awards for its wide selection of domestic and imported cheeses and meats, always cut fresh to order. Our cheesemongers will help you find the perfect pairing for your wine!