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We have recently updated our UK map of Independent Wine Merchants .
This does not claim to be comprehensive, and some merchants are on-line only – so you may not be able to visit, but might benefit from cheaper local delivery arrangements – we always suggest a phone call before making a special journey to check what arrangements or opening times may be.
Many also offer tastings, either at their base or in other venues. We would always recommend merchants who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic – a tasting or a chat with the merchant will usually help to make the right choices.
The map features specialist independent wine merchants, although some have cleverly included gourmet foods or delicatessen or even a café or wine bar.
If you know of a good local independent specialist wine merchant or a good wine bar let us know and we will try to include them, which might help other wine lovers to discover them, support their business and help to stem the tide of big brands and big supermarkets which dominate the market. SUGGEST A WINE MERCHANT/WINE BAR
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Vino Vero is a specialist independent wine shop and tasting room in Leigh-on-Sea selling wines “with personality and a sense of place.”
Vero means ‘real’, ‘honest’, and that’s what our wines are. What do we stand for?
Quirky, independent wines – our wines are all from small, often family run vineyards with a sense of place. We leave the big name brands to the supermarkets.
Honesty – our wines speak honestly of where they are from and their terroir. No generic wines here.
Sustainability – we love wines that are sustainable, in all senses of the word. From wineries that farm organically, to English wines without the miles, sustainability means a better deal for everyone, including customers
Newly set up by Charlotte and Sam Brown they offer a clean and effective website (great logo!) with online sales and a retail shop – the enthusiasm of the owners shows! Frequent tastings offered!
Vino Vero 110 Leigh Road, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 1BU t:01702 808 251
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This London independent wine merchant will help you to create “the perfect cellar” of wines from an extensive, well-sourced list.
The Perfect Cellar is proud to exclusively represent an unparalleled array of fine, classic and unique wines of exquisite quality, craftsmanship and incredible value for its customer. Our wines are often from very well known and prestigious regions in France, Spain and Italy, neighbouring some of the most respected and lauded chateaux and domains. As our artisan winemakers are lesser known the result is exceptional quality wine and great value for money.
Many of our wines are exclusive to The Perfect Cellar in the UK and can be found in Michelin Starred restaurants around the world. This attention to detail means we are able to offer customers, both private and trade, everything they need to create their own perfect cellar.
We believe a perfect cellar is one which is tailored to each individual and includes wines for every occasion. This is why at the Perfect Cellar we help our customers create their own perfect cellar with wines from each of the following four categories:
· Quaffable reds?
· Quaffable whites
· Special occasion wine?
· Collector wines (to lay down or from an excellent vintage)
You don’t need to be a high-rolling connoisseur – it could be well worth talking to them whatever your budget!
The Perfect Cellar Ltd 15-19 Baker’s Row London EC1R 3DG t: 0203 617 6945
In the market town of Market Harborough you’ll find Duncan Murray Wines, joint winner of the IWSC Independent Retailer of the Year 2012.
“Wines, Beers and Spirits with Personality”.
Specialists in Southern European wines; in particular South of France & Portugal.
We aim to give you a drinks-buying experience with a difference by offering great advice and a superb choice of wines, beer and spirits all served up with our ‘infectious enthusiasm’ (International Wine & Spirit Competition Report 2012).
How do we make sure this happens? Well, nothing is in the shop unless it has been tasted and approved. This tough scrutiny means we reject around 97% of the wine, beer and spirits we try and so everything on our shelves has earned its place there. Supporting small producers also means we can genuinely offer products you won’t find elsewhere (watch out for our exclusives). And, the fact that we’ve tried everything means we’re also able to advise with confidence.
After working in Oddbins and in France Duncan and his partner Megan set up the business in 2001. New website under development – with “great new content including menu matching suggestions, details of forthcoming events, wine producer information by country, grape profiles and loads more”. (Summer 2013) – town centre shop but no online ordering as yet.
Duncan Murray Wines, 10 Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7LT t:01858 464935
Dorset is home to independent wine merchant Shaftesbury Wines, offering fine cigars, real wine and “odd beer”
Half way up the High Street in the picturesque north Dorset town, Shaftesbury Wines is an independent treasure-trove of real wines from small producers. You will also find a good range of rare Malt Whisky, Brandy, Grappa, Eau de vie, Port, fine hand-rolled cigars and local beer & cider.
The range is constantly changing with new finds being added and squeezed in, where space permits. With spirits, we can sometimes get the odd bottle of something odd in a bottle so it is worth asking. It’s not so easy with wine as there are millions of different wines available and only a small proportion find their way to our tiny island! If you know the style we can usually offer something similar.
You won’t find industrially, mass-produced supermarket brands here. You will find expert, friendly guidance in a non intimidating environment where you can discover something new and delicious. I feel it is important to have drunk each of the wines, so I can offer a personal opinion as well as the knowledge which comes from 30 years working with wine; I love my work!
A family business run by David and Alice Perry. No online ordering but wine details online with tasting notes. Also trading as the Campaign for Real Wine!
Shaftesbury Wines 57 High Street, Shaftesbury Dorset SP7 8JE t:01747 850059
Welcome to Shaftesbury Wines.
Victoria Moore in the Telegraph(7 Jan 2013) focuses on some top ranking Beuajolais wines – a wine region which is regaining some of its former glory. Getting away from the froth that is usually Beaujolais Nouveau, some of the Beaujolais Cru wines can be both elegant and full-bodied, whilst retaining the essential fruitiness of the Gamay grape:-
Another good independent source for Beaujolais is Nick Dobson Wines
The Independent newspaper has teamed up with Berry Bros & Rudd, to offer the chance to win one of ten annual subscriptions to their Wine Club.
Each subscription is worth £720 and includes
* Six mixed cases of fine wines, delivered a case (12 bottles) at a time every two months.
* Comprehensive tasting notes so you can learn about what you’re drinking – and a binder to file them in.
There are ten questions in all, most of which, if you have a little wine knowledge, should be quite easy. But if you need a hand with the wine bottle sizes question…
The competition closes on the 30th March. Entries can be sent in via email or by post.
The leafy suburbs of South West London are well supplied with independent wine merchants including Wimbledon’s Park Vintners run by the experienced duo of Alex Roberts and Wayne Blomfield since 2010.
Park Vintners is a specialist wine shop with a focus on sourcing wines with personality: exciting, lip-smacking and palate-tingling wines at a fair price. Often these wines come from smaller growers who are passionate and very involved with their winemaking. The owners of Park Vintners, Wayne and Alex, have been sourcing these high quality wines for years.
We offer friendly, knowledgeable advice, service with a smile and wines that, hopefully, excite everyone as much as they do us.
Not only do we sell delicious wines but also personally source and taste the wines before they make it onto the shelves, thus vouching for the quality and flavour of each and every wine. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!
We have delicious wines for every occasion: for sipping in front of the TV, for sharing at a dinner party, for complementing the Sunday roast – or just because! Park Vintners offer great flavours for all budgets. We firmly believe that wines should be inclusive, not exclusive.
Visually pleasing and easy-to-navigate website.No online ordering available, Tastings offered.
Park Vintners Ltd 126 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park, London SW19 8AA t:020 8944 5224
Independent wine merchant in the Channel Islands – and online
Welcome to Bucktroutsonline your Guernsey online wine merchant. Buy online with confidence from Bucktrouts – respected Guernsey wine merchants since 1830.
Feel free to browse around our site. Online ordering is quick and easy, fully secure and offers a comprehensive selection of fines wines, brand leading spirits, beers, soft drinks and bottled water with free delivery island-wide right to your door
Local retail shop and easy-to-navigate website with online ordering and tasting notes.
Bucktrouts Elizabeth Avenue, Admiral Park, St. Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2HZ t: 727208
No wine, but everything else for the enjoyment of wine from independent, online, wine accessories specialists Fine Wine Accessories UK
Founded in 2003 by Clive Burroughs, Fine Wine Accessories is a Family owned and run business, selling wine accessories to both the Retail and Trade markets.
Fine Wine Accessories continues to expand as a retail outlet specialising in wine Accessories and Champagne Accessories that are great for the wine lover and make good wine accessory gifts – particularly presents for men, be they Birthday presents, Wedding, Christmas or any other gift.
Very interesting selection of wine paraphernalia and really useful items – ideal as gifts – all available to order online.
Fine Wine Accessories 90 Broomfield Drive, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9TW t:01403 784852
Cana Import is an independent wine specialist in south Warwickshire run by Rob Darlison.
We are an independent company selling a range of wines, ales, and deli foods sourced directly from small producers.
After several years spent working abroad we thought it was a real pity that at home we were missing so much, so we started our own family business. We have gradually built up a range of wines that are now joined by British ales and a mix of local and foreign cheeses, meats, and other deli foods.
We have always supported small local businesses rather than shop at the big stores, so we applied the same philosophy to our business as we do in our private life. This means that we only import from small independent companies and we only sell to the public or independent restaurants and business.
You will not find our products in the supermarket!
Wines from around the world. Retail and specialist to the on-trade supply.
No online ordering, but there is a shop in Harbury. Tasting notes online. Website is being updated!
Cana Import Bank Chambers, High St, Harbury, Leamington Spa CV33 9HW t:01926 613716
Owned by independent wine merchants Altana and Clark, online wine merchant Wine Heights focuses on the wines of Romagna, Italy.
Altana and Clark import directly in UK artisan and natural wine from small winegrowers mostly based in the Romagna area of Italy. Altana and Clark work for trade customers interested in quality wines and heirloom varietals. Altana and Clark owns also an online operation called WineHeights. Our focus is on native grapes and limited productions. Our range of wines is truly unique and represent the best from the Romagna province: a fusion of modern and traditional techniques to create wines with a sense of place made in respect of the environment and strictly in limited release by passionate and skilful winemakers in their family owned vineyards.
Attractive, visually rich website with online ordering (6 bottle cases) – some really interesting wines from Romagna and other regions of Italy – with tasting notes.
WineHeights, : Office 55 Sugar Mill Oakhurst Road Leeds West Yorkshire LS11 7HL (Registered Office)
An online drinks store with an extensive range of wines and other drinks:
The website has one of the widest range of prestige Champagnes from the major producers, together with an extensive listing of luxury spirits and wines.
The Champagne and wines range from 20cl mini bottles, all the way up to 15 litre Nebuchadnezzar bottles. And the spirits range from 2cl all the way up to 6 litre. A wide range of gifts are available, in addition to limited edition presentations. Next Working day delivery.
service is provided as standard
Easy to navigate website with online ordering.
Drinks Direct.co.uk. PO Box 1282, Bradford BD4 8WP t:0845 519 5445