Waters Edge Winery, which has become a Pine Avenue mainstay since it opened in 2019, is seeking a new home.
The winery is set to shutter its 217 Pine Ave. location on Tuesday after just under three years there. The move comes as a “last resort” after several months of deliberation with the building’s landlord, owner and winemaker Collin Mitzenmacher said in an email last week to Waters Edge members.
Representatives for the winery were not available for comment.
The new location has yet to be finalized, but Mitzenmacher said in his email that he enjoyed the Downtown area and that there will be frequent communication regarding the details of the location “over the next few weeks or so.”
“We intended to keep downtown Long Beach as our home base,” he said.
Mitzenmacher’s winery sources its grapes from a variety of locations from Argentina to Australia but ferments the juice locally. This unique model allows Waters Edge “to remove 60% of the costs associated with running a winery attached to a vineyard,” Mitzenmacher told The Post in October 2019 as the winery opened.
When it opened, Waters Edge Winery replaced the Mariposa nightclub that closed in 2014. The property’s interior was completely renovated, trading the nightclub setting for a wine bar and open-space tasting room where patrons could comfortably enjoy their beverages.
However, according to Mitzenmacher’s email to members, “building issues coupled with growing homelessness on Pine” prompted the decision to change locations.
“We’ve decided that this location was not conducive to what we envisioned,” Mitzenmacher said in the email.
The winery’s Wine Club service will still be available with pickup out of the Waters Edge Wine Bar and Lounge on Alamitos Bay Landing, and some members will see a change in their program alongside a price decrease on the monthly membership fee.
For future updates, Waters Edge Winery can be found on Instagram and Facebook @wewinerylb.