Notable UK distributors

The UK market remains a beacon, attracting wines from across the globe. Adam Lechmere discusses some of the country’s most important distributors.

Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria&Coe; Eric Narioo, founder of Les Caves de Pyrene
Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria&Coe; Eric Narioo, founder of Les Caves de Pyrene

The roll call of UK distributors has never looked so interesting – and this in an age of consolidation, when one company, Conviviality, can command a near monopolistic chunk of the market. Any journalist or sommelier has a diary packed with tastings; the only difficulty is getting to them all. To choose 50, using any criteria, would be difficult enough. To choose a mere 10 is near impossible. Although some of the biggest distributors in the country have been included, this is not a ranking by size, or turnover, or even by reputation – it’s a list of companies which are impressive by virtue of the wine they sell. In the end, that is the only criterion.

 

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