NEW – find your nearest independent wine merchant – from our listings of over 600 independent wine merchants see the nearest 10 specialist wine retailers to your postcode – here
We have recently updated our UK map of Independent Wine Merchants (updated May 2013).
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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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.
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
With 3 Branches in West Sussex and an online site, independent wine merchant Hennings Wine has a comprehensive offering.
Hennings started in London House, Pulborough in 1960 as a delicatessen where our service and range won us friends from the outset. Today Hennings is a dynamic wine business although our aims remain the same, to offer an exceptional quality of service and innovative range from friendly and knowledgeable staff
Good online website with easy navigation – decent tasting notes for each wine and on-line ordering.
Tastings are mentioned, but no dates planned. Blog a few months out of date
Hennings Wine Merchants Ltd The Wine Cellars, Station Approach, Pulborough. West Sussex RH20 1AQ
t: 01798 872 485
Petworth – Golden Square, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AP
Pulborough- London House, Lower Street, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2BW
Goring-by-Sea – 6-7 Aldsworth Parade, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 4UP
Chichester – 53 North Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1NQ
Adnams is a respected name in Wine(and beer) circles and although this independent wine merchant has nationwide coverage, the company is at its strongest in East Anglia, with its base in Southwold, Suffolk. Branches in London, Norwich etc – see below
Adnams is a big concern with wide interests especially in East Anglia with its brewery, hotels, pub chain and Cellar& KItchen Stores.
In addition to its comprehensive offering of quality wines, there is also the opportunity to taste some of its wines:-
For more info see adnams.co.uk Sole Bay Brewery Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JW t: 01502 727272
Adnams Cellar and Kitchen stores;
Southwold, Adnams Wine Shop Pinkney’s Lane, Southwold, IP18 6EW t:01502 722 138
Holkham The Old School House, Park Road, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB t:01328 711 714
Woodbridge Station Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4AU t: 01394 386 594
Stamford Bath Row Warehouse, St Mary’s Passage, Stamford, PE9 2HG t:01780 753 127
Harleston The Cardinal’s Hat, 23 The Thoroughfare, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9AS t:01379 854 788
Peterborough Waterside Garden Centre, King Street, Baston, Peterborough PE6 9NY t:01778 561510
Saffron Walden Old Auction Rooms, 1 Market Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1HZ t:01799 527281
Holt 8 White Lion Street Holt Norfolk NR25 6BA t:01263 715558
Hadleigh 73/75 High Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk, IP7 5DY t: 01473 827796
Richmond upon Thames 26 Hill Rise, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey TW10 6UA t: 020 8940 8684
Norwich 1st Floor of House of Fraser (homewares), Chapelfield Shopping Centre Norwich NR2 1SH t: 01502 727222
London Bloomsbury 30-31 Store Street, London WC1E 7QE t:0207 5802443
London Spitalfields 73 Brushfield Street, Old Spitalfields Market London E1 6AA t: 0207 377 2156
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
Independent wine merchant in Shropshire
Hard to Find Wines have been established for over 10 years, offering quality wines from boutique wineries from around the world.
All the vineyards we represent in the UK and abroad are hand picked for exclusivity, and can generally not be found in any other retail outlets, although a few lucky restaurants have added our wines to their lists!
We have now relocated to new premises including a newly refurbished tasting room where you can sample our wines in comfortable surroundings in the Shropshire countryside.
We champion small artisan wine makers from around the world and are fanatical in searching out the best value wine for you, our customers.
Easy-to-use website with online ordering and tasting notes. Interesting option to compare different wines. Online store and a retail shop.
Hard to Find Wines The Tasting Rooms, High Grosvenor, Worfield, Bridgnorth WV15 5PG t: 01746 389 749
Here’sa new take on wine with an online retailer of rock music-related wines:
Booze & Blues and Wine & Roll = UK-webshop for rock/metal related wines incl. The Rolling Stones’ Merlot, The Police Synchronicity, Motorhead Shiraz, KISS Zin Fire Nightwish Imaginaerum and more..
Inevitably limited number of wines on offer, but a novel and fun approach, with details of the wines available to order online.
Wine & Roll 145-157 St John Street London EC1V 4PW t:0755 1092022
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner (29 March 2013) jumps the gun slighlty in selecting some wines for Spring (what Spring??) from independent wine merchants:
- Les Pierres Bordes Marsanne Viognier 2012, IGP Pays D’Oc (France) from the Wine Society
- Vila Farnia di Farnese Trebbiano 2011 (Italy) from Laithwaites
- Le Citronnier 2011, Gascony (France) also from Laithwaites
- Spring Valley Chenin/Sauvignon, Old Vines, Coastal Region (S Africa) from Tanners
- Vieux Chateaux Gaubert 2010, Graves, Bordeaux (France) from the Wine Society
- Domaine de Brau Chardonnay Finemont Boise 2010, Pays d’Oc IGP(France) from Vintage Roots
Meanwhille over in the Telegraph (29 March 2013) there is a profile of Tony Laithwaite who established Laithwaites and started so many of us dreaming of taking a van over to France and bringing back a load of good wines direct to the UK.