A ‘Wine’tage Af­fair.


Cadova is a unique re­tail con­cept in Viet­nam that of­fers fine wines from across the world. Lo­cated at the high end dis­trict of Ho Chi Minh city, it caters to a seg­ment that is niche but large to ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy ex­pen­sive wine and cigar. Danny Dinh Tan Dat, the founder di­rec­tor of Cadova and Nique Choo Chung Hou, De­sign Man­ager Kings­men Viet­nam, share what makes this store far from or­di­nary.

The space that Cadova oc­cu­pies to­day is right be­low Danny’s house. Here he owned an of­fice area with an at­tached res­tau­rant and store room to keep all the wines. Re­al­iz­ing the high po­ten­tial that wine retailing im­bibes, Danny en­vi­sioned a dif­fer­en­ti­ated idea. “Our ob­jec­tive was to have cus­tomers come here to en­joy fine wine and cigar in a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment. We wanted to show as many prod­ucts as pos­si­ble with­out mak­ing the store look claus­tro­pho­bic. At the same time, the store should be able to at­tract the at­ten­tion from pedes­tri­ans”, says Danny. “He also wanted to have an open space for con­duct­ing wine tasting work­shops, and a pri­vate cor­ner for col­lec­tors and con­nois­seurs to gather and share their pas­sion for wine”, adds Nique. And this was achieved by retrofitting the en­tire space into a wine shop/ cel­lar. Nique started by re­search­ing the dif­fer­ent kinds of wines pro­duced in var­i­ous coun­tries. He had to look into not just stor­age or dis­play of wines, but also on how to main­tain their tem­per­a­ture un­der warm spot­lights. How­ever he ex­plains that the big­gest chal­lenge was to save cost and make use of ex­ist­ing ceil­ings and col­umns, so that there is more scope to ex­per­i­ment with dis­play units, loung­ing spa­ces, ma­te­ri­als and lighting to give the store a new look. He used var­i­ous colour com­bi­na­tions and ex­plored fin­ishes that would over­all com­pli­ment the new con­cept.

Bar­rel shaped bar setup cre­ates the mood for per­fect wine tasting at the mez­za­nine floor of the store

Black An­tique leather chairs spell com­fort and lux­ury

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