About Us

The Tippling House, situated on a quiet street in downtown Charleston is a wine bar brought to you by Matthew Conway and Carissa Hernandez. In a former Charleston Single home, The Tippling House lives in a classic 19th Century building restored to make guests feel like they’re stepping into a simpler era.

From our approachable wines by the glass, to our extensive list of fine wines by the bottle, The Tippling House is a Wine Bar for everyone. Next door – what used to be a Paper Press – is our kitchen serving up grab-n-go lunch by day and wine friendly snacks by night. 

Matthew Conway

Matthew Conway is the owner, operator, and sommelier at The Tippling House in Charleston’s Elliotborough neighborhood. Mr. Conway moved to Charleston, South Carolina in March of 2020 after 17 years in New York City and 14 years as partner and beverage director at Restaurant Marc Forgione. Conway, a native Californian, moved to NYC in 2004 where he worked for the late Chef Gray Kunz at Café Gray in the Time Warner center from 2004-2007. In 2008 he became the general manager and wine buyer for Restaurant Marc Forgione in TriBeCa, before eventually becoming partner. In 2010 he took a short leave to work in the world-famous cellars of Taillevent in Paris, France. After returning in the fall of 2010 Restaurant Marc Forgione received one Michelin Star. Shortly thereafter, Matthew became a certified coffee sommelier, was honored as one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30” in 2012 and named one of Star Chefs “Rising Star Sommeliers” of 2015. Matthew has consistently been a featured sommelier at several of the top wine events of the year including but not limited to La Paulée and La Fête du Champagne. Matthew now holds partnership at La Tablée which focuses on the Northern Rhône Valley which Matthew is nationally recognized as a leading industry expert on.