Chai Vault partnered with Zachys on their successful Black Tie Collection auction on December 7th in New York City!

  100% of lots in the auction sold representing almost $3M worth of wine, all of which is registered in Chai Vault.

PROVABLE AUTHENTICITY AND PROVENANCE FOR WINES AND SPIRITS

Chai Vault is the first anti-fraud solution for wines and spirits that allows potential buyers to know a bottle is authentic and view provable provenance, before purchase, without physical proximity to the bottle. 


Consumers can now focus on buying bottles that are authentic rather than trying to avoid those that are not.

The Chai Method® - TCM®

TCM Certified Authenticators around the globe inspect and certify authentic bottles in the blockchain, creating a permanent, digital record.

Securing Authenticity

Detailed notes and photographs, the bottles’ unique ID, or "thumbprint" are inputted at time of production or following inspection by a TCM Certified Authenticator in the secondary market.

A bottle’s online Ledger of Authenticity & Provenance exists in the blockchain and can be kept private or made visible to the public for a licensed vendor to use for online marketing purposes.

Certification

As a bottle changes hands, provenance information can be updated to include new ownership and storage information.

Ownership Transfer

Solution

How does Chai Vault work?

Chai Vault is built on multiple layers of physical and virtual anti-fraud protection:

Multiple unique identifiers for each bottle

Immutable blockchain entries for every individual bottle

Detailed condition reports including unique individual bottle information

Record of provenance across multiple owners/transactions

Physical components designed to perform over decades of cellar storage

Owner control over whether bottles are visible to others

Chai Vault makes it easy for consumers to buy provably authentic wines and spirits. Finally, a thoughtful anti-fraud solution for producers, consumers and vendors.

chai vault logo blockchain-based anti fraud for wine and spirits

Users

Chai Vault is designed to make it easy for consumers to buy provably authentic wine and spirits. For a solution like Chai Vault to succeed, it needs to work for everyone in the ecosystem – producers, consumers, and vendors (retailers, auction houses, etc.)

What does Chai Vault offer Producers?

Confidence, Loyalty & Pride

  • Because they know they are buying the real thing, consumers are willing to spend more on the same product
  •  Customers are loyal to a trusted source of properly sourced, authentic products
  •  Provable authenticity and provenance gives pride to bottle owners when sharing or selling bottles forward


Brand Reinforcement

  • QR code for unique bottle identification can point to producer / vendor brand information


Integration with Current Processes

  • Designed to integrate with current bottling line environments, minimizing operating changes


Supply chain oversight

  • RFID at the bottle level enables detailed tracking across the supply chain
  •  Enables integration between bottle level information and supply chain tracking applications


Customizable solutions to meet needs of producers and their different products 

  • Options to maximize consumer interaction
  • Options for corked, glass and screw 
    cap-topped bottles
  •  Cost effective product for mass-market and high-volume bottles to prove authenticity
  •  Bespoke solutions to track direct-to-consumer sales, and sales of fine and rare wines through varied distribution channels

Buyer confidence

Customers are loyal to trusted sources of properly sourced, authentic products

Provable authenticity

Direct links to Ledgers of Authenticity and Provenance™ directly available through vendor’s online selling platform

Risk mitigation

Lower vendor risk of returns (and more) from problematic bottles

Lower labor costs

No need for lengthy bottle inspections 

New revenue streams from certification & change of ownership fees

Increased revenue and profitability from higher prices for Chai Vault bottles

What does Chai Vault offer Vendors?

Chai Vault certification empowers consumers to verify bottle data in advance of purchase, from anywhere in the world.

Confidence in purchases

Chai Vault empowers consumers to focus on buying bottles that are authentic rather than hoping to avoid those that are not.

Provable authenticity and provenance post purchase

Security of quality of bottles to drink as well as ease of future sale.

Ownership record 

and digital vault

Clarity of ownership, authenticity and condition suitable for insurance purposes.

Ownership visibility encrypted and controlled by owner

Others see bottles in the Chai Vault only when the owner allows it.

Increased value 

of certified assets

Consumers pay more for proven authenticity and provenance so any sales will yield higher values than without Chai Vault.

What does Chai Vault offer Consumers?

We are

Dubbed “The Sherlock Holmes of Wines”, Maureen Downey is an independent expert on fine and rare wine and wine collection management, and is the foremost global authority on wine and spirits fraud, counterfeit wine and fine wine authentication. 


She advises the world’s top collectors in purchasing, selling, and managing their collections with her firm, Chai Consulting, founded in 2005.


In 2015, she launched WineFraud.com to help assist both the wine trade and collectors become educated about the realities of wine fraud and counterfeiting in global markets, as well as how to authenticate fine wines.

It now has over 40,000 images of both authentic and counterfeit bottles, labels, ink, corks and capsules to aid members in authentication.

CEO/Co-founder

Maureen Downey

Ed is the business person behind Chai Vault. Ed has 30+ years of consulting and operational experience, both with large companies and with startups.


Before co-founding Chai Vault, Ed spent 12 years in various executive positions with Cisco. Ed ran global strategy, planning and operations across the Cisco Cloud Platform & Solutions group as well as being the general manager of multiple cloud infrastructure software products. He also ran strategy & planning for Cisco’s Services organization for many years.


Ed also actively engages with the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem. He has been a CEO mentor for more than a dozen startups going through Alchemist Accelerator, and continues to advise many of those companies on their strategies, operations, and fund-raising activities.

Ed Baum

COO/Co-founder

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