A wine store and tasting room is coming to downtown Schenectady at the historic Foster building on State Street.
Capoccia Vineyards and Winery of Niskayuna is planning to set up shop at the Foster building, located at 508 State St., to offer wine tasting and to sell wine and local products.
“The store will include our wines and we’ll also have hard ciders from local cideries,” said Justin Capoccia of Capoccia Vineyards. “We’ll sell other farm products too. We want to have tasting, retail and a little lounge area. It will be fun.”
Sequence Development of Troy is renovating the Foster building now with retail space, office space and luxury apartments. The project is expected to be completed by December, according to Sequence Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Young JoJo.
Capoccia is expected to have the wine store open by November. The shop will employ between five and 10 people and be open day and night.
Capoccia said he decided to locate in the Forster building because of the proximity to Capoccia Vineyards and the recent developments downtown along State Street and Broadway.
“We were trying to get into Saratoga and there were plenty of spaces there,” he said. “But I realized Schenectady was doing some pretty cool things and I like the atmosphere in Schenectady. I think Schenectady is a better fit.”
The wine store will take up the whole first floor of the building with 2,600 square feet of space. The building will also have a courtyard with outdoor seating for the store’s customers and apartment residents.
The store will feature an area for people to sample wines by the glass and purchase wine and other locally made food and beverages, Capoccia said. He added that he plans to reach out to local farms to sell their products.
“We are trying to get local cheeses and local chocolates,” he said. “We will make dry and sweet red and white wines. Our sweeter white wines sell very well now.”
The location will serve as Capoccia’s retail outlet for wines made at the company’s vineyard in Niskayuna on Balltown Road. The vineyard is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
The vineyard also offers home delivery of wine to customers in Niskayuna, Latham, Colonie, Scotia, Glenville, Ballston Spa, Schenectady, Clifton Park and Rotterdam. Deliveries are made within 24 hours.
Wines listed on Capoccia’s website include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Noiret, Rosette, Traminette and Vignoles. The average price for a bottle of wine is $14.
“We lived in Schenectady before moving to Niskayuna and have been there for more than 15 years,” Capoccia said. “Our whole family is from Schenectady County. People know that we’re here and we’re trying to get more recognized.”
Sequence Development is transforming the 1907 building with first-floor retail space, second-floor office space and high-end apartments.
The six-story building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The project will pay homage to the history of both the Hotel Foster and the Schenectady Railway Co., Young JoJo said.
“We’re paying close attention to preserving and rehabbing all of the historic details of the building,” she said. “All of it will be done by December and that includes a brand new elevator and courtyard.”
Young JoJo said there are 10 apartment units including one-, two- and three-bedrooms. Eight units are still available to lease and will be ready for occupancy Dec. 1.
The prices of the apartments range from $900 to $3,200 a month. A three-bedroom penthouse apartment on the top floor of the building is $3,200.
“The penthouse will be one of the most spectacular apartments in the region,” she said. “It will offer great views of Schenectady.”
Sequence Development also plans to renovate other buildings next door with 22 apartment units and retail space.
“We own several buildings that are interconnected there,” she said. “We have plans in the near future to start work on 510 and 512 State Street and on Lafayette Street. We’re excited to bring life further down State Street.”