The Society of Vintners has 25 members in the UK. The 25 members are family owned independent businesses that want to promote good wine and competitive prices. Wines are shipped to France, Germany, Italy, California, Spain,New Zealand,South Africa,Chile,and Argentina. This organization owes its start to the Nottingham Wine Buying Group and Allied Wine Buyers Consortium.
In the 1970’s five Nottingham wine merchants met and formed the Nottingham Wine Buying Group. The purpose was to compete in the market more effectively. Over time they admitted many vineyards and vintners throughout the United Kingdom. In the 1960 two merchants formed the Allied Wine Buyers Consortium that had 20 members south of England and the Midlands. They approached the Nottingham Wine Buying Group with an offer for the the two groups to join together.
The two groups joined together and now The Society of Vintners has 25 members that includes England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands. They have a Chief Executive working from Sussex and committees working on promoting specific wine regions. The committees meet for wine tasting and purchasing about four times a year. They try to promote and market what the committees recommends.
The Society of Vintners (http://www.societyvintners.co.uk/) focuses on on quality rather than just prices. This makes it different than many buying groups. Group members benefits from other members skills in different aspects of wine making. We help members keeping overhead low and making the best products possible. Members can talk with other vintners and importers several times a year in the UK.
Vintners throughout the UK and wine drinkers everywhere have benefited with the increased use of table wine. Since the Single European market was introduced wine consumption has increased in the UK each year. Independent wineries bring new products more quickly to the shelf. They say that in the UK consumers are more willing to try different types of wines than other countries.
The bulk of the membership of the Society of Vintners is from the UK. It is a combination of UK vintners, shippers and importers. The Society of Vintners has a special blend of knowledge and buying power that helps shape the UK wine market.