Our History

Founded in 1980, Vintage Imports Inc. was envisioned as a ‘niche player’ to represent small, boutique wineries and distribute their wines in Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on restaurants.
Today, Vintage Imports is owned by Paul Zientek. Paul was the first employee outside of the family at Lauber Imports, where he helped build that company from relative obscurity to one of the most highly respected wine companies in the region. He joined Vintage Imports in January 1998 as a Vice President; since that time, Paul has purchased the company and works tirelessly to make sure that the job, whatever it may be, gets done right.
Our facilities and staff have grown, and today we are distributing our portfolio of fine wines in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, plus we now offer select imported wines nationally.
Today, more than ever, we remain committed to finding and distributing boutique producers of fine wines from around the world. We truly value our customers and take particular pride in our sales team and support staff and their dedication to customer service.

1980

The wine scene in 1980 was nothing like it is today. Seeing the growing demand for wine, Neal and Karen Snydman founded Vintage Imports, Inc. in their basement, with the…

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1982

Business has outgrown Neal’s basement; operations are moved to a 1,000 sq ft garage. ‘Climate control’ is achieved by mounting thick blankets on the walls for insulation, a reconditioned window-mounted…

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1984

Vintage Imports continues its growth, and its first full-time employees are hired – a salesperson, and Rob Redhouse, warehouse manager/driver.

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1985

Vintage moves into a real (!!) warehouse, more than doubling its size (and getting real temperature control, too!)

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1987

A larger warehouse is needed again, doubling the size once more.

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1990

Two big things are realized: 1) Delaware is only 35 minutes south of Philadelphia, Vintage’s primary market at the time.  2) There are only six wine & spirits wholesalers in…

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1996

With continued growth over the past years, comes a growing need for warehouse space, trucks, employees, etc. In 1996, Vintage moved into the the space where we are today (though…

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1998

Paul Zientek, a former colleague of Neal’s is tapped to be Vice President. Paul had been working with the Lauber family – the first non-family executive – building and growing Lauber Imports…

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2001

Patrick Bradley joins Vintage Imports as Operations Manager

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2004

Paul Zientek becomes a partner in the company.

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2005

Steve Pinchuk joins Vintage Imports as Sales Manager for the growing sales team

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2006

We launch our first website!

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2014

Big changes at Vintage Imports! In spring of 2014, Paul Zientek completes the purchase of the company from Neal Snydman, accelerating Vintage into our next phase. The previous several years have…

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2015

We triple our warehouse and office space to accommodate the growing business. Rob Reese, Luis Vasco, and Paul Karp are promoted to State Managers to assist in overseeing the growing…

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2017

John Sweet is promoted to Director of Grocery Sales for PA, and Lee Kuehn is promoted to Regional Manager for Western PA.

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Vintage Imports is a mid-sized, independently owned and funded company that sells only high quality wines. Our Sales team is made up of Wine Professionals, not order takers. We provide substantial sales and wine training to further develop our team, and encourage supplier participation in sales meetings and through market visits.
We control our own warehousing and distribution systems. Maintaining our own fleet of trucks and with three temperature- controlled warehouses, we can guarantee quality delivery and service all the way through to the customer.
We are not “brand collectors”. New products are added only after careful evaluation and assessing a mutual need and benefit from the arrangements.