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Lead Staff

Mario Grado

Alton Morris
Head Chef

Brock Wilson
Front of House Manager


The backstory

Vintage 53 is a rustic-industrial wine bar in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Illinois.  Our wine list was carefully developed with familiar wines, as well as more unique selections for people wanting to try something new.  We are pleased to offer over 90 wines from around the world, many served by the glass.  We also have a diverse and unique menu of small plates, flatbreads, gourmet popcorns, and desserts.  Additionally, pick and choose your favorite cheese, charcuterie, and accoutrements to create a beautiful spread, served on slate boards.  Performances by local musicians every Friday and Saturday offer guests a one of a kind experience.

Mario, the owner of vintage 53, has been developing the idea for this wine bar for almost 10 years.  His love for wine dates back to childhood.  Not for the actual drink of course, but for the memories he has of his family gathering around the dinner table, drinking wine, and enjoying each other’s company.  He remembers his parents always having another bottle on hand (usually a red).  Over time, Mario developed a similar appreciation for red wines.

A wine's "vintage" is the year in which the grapes were harvested.  The year in which that wine was "born."  Sadly, Mario lost his dad unexpectedly in early 2016.  The name vintage 53 is in honor of his Dad, Ben, who was born in 1953.  It is Mario's hope that his guests will feel the same sense of togetherness and joy that he remembers his family experiencing over a glass of wine. 

We welcome you to come enjoy all of your special moments with us.