Cambridge Wine Merchants
International Wine Challenge, Wine Merchant of the Year 2012 : WINNERS!
also: Large Independent Merchant of the year UK, East of England Merchant of the year, Fortified Specialist Merchants of the Year UK
College & student services
Established in 1993, we are one of the biggest, most successful, independent wine merchants in the UK. Winner of “UK Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year 2010 & 2011”. We have 8 branches, plus warehouses, and 50 staff.
Since we started in business our main wholesale customers have been Cambridge and Oxford Colleges, Balls, and student organisations. We’re certainly one of the biggest suppliers in the field, and pretty good at it! We do everything from en-primeur first growths to lorry loads of cheap hooch for parties. See below for contact details.
So, what can we do for you?
Firstly, we support many wine socs and put on loads of tastings with a view to enlightening the student body to the joys of appreciating good wine, food and company.
We stock plenty of decent affordable wines and offer a Student Discount, which, naturally, you may double-or-quits with a Trivial Pursuit question: alcohol, gambling and discounts – a winning combination.
JCR, MCR, Departments, Societies, Sports Clubs, University and College Offices etc.
For parties, receptions etc. we are the first choice. Open a CWM-CU/OU account at on of our city centre branches and benefit from:
· Free local delivery
· Party planning advice – we’ve helped organise thousands
· Automatic credit accounts for all CU & College institutions
· Free glass loan - we have thousands of goblets, flutes and high balls
· Huge discounts. Our wholesale prices are cheap
· Sale or Return. We take back what you don’t use – up to 25%. You don’t get stuck with the leftovers
· Vast range – Ice, Beer, Sprits, Snacks, Soft Drinks, Loads of Wine, Plastic cups
Catering and Conferencing Departments
As a major supplier to Oxford and Cambridge Colleges we can’t be beaten on service and price.
· Dedicated college sales and support team
· Huge range, including single bottles of spirits, Own Label wine etc.
· Regular delivery by our own (WSET trained) drivers – they know wine
· Sale or Return for big functions
· Staff Training at favourable rates – we are a registered Wine and Spirits Education Trust
We have surely supplied more Cambridge and Oxford balls than any other wine company over the last 18 years, including Trinity, Magdalene and Peterhouse almost every ball since the 90s. We import directly from the producer to Cambridge, and we deal directly with the big boys like Diageo - so we are cheap. We’re famously good at getting generous sponsorship deals from big brand owners.
And we have 10,000+ glasses for free hire and offer the best service in terms of flexible delivery, sale-or-return etc.
Best of all, we have planned, or helped to plan, hundreds of Balls. You can trust us (see below for testimonials). We have “total use” data (in the form of detailed excel planning sheets) from dozens of balls – an invaluable aid to a successful event.
May Ball Testimonials:
"… incredibly helpful, wise and efficient… upfront about prices and will
always point out if there is a more cost efficient alternative. Also a
fountain of knowledge. It is reassuring to be going with CWM as they have
consistently provided a great service, and came on the highest
recommendations from previous may ball committees."
Christ’s College May Ball, Cambridge (1100 guests)
“Brett has been superbly helpful in helping me arrange my Ball, I would
thoroughly recommend his services.”
Jesus College May Ball, Cambridge (1700 guests)
"CWM have given us great, honest, all-round service and a wealth of
experience for planning our May Ball, and all at a very competitive price."
St Catherine’s College May Ball, Cambridge (1100 guests)
"CWM has done me proud while organising my College's summer ball... the vast
range of alcohol and knowledge of such events has made the whole ball better
than it would otherwise have been and far more simple to organise."
St John’s College May Ball, Oxford (1300 guests)
Fellows’ Wine Cellars
We supply most Oxford and Cambridge Fellows’ Cellars at some level. It’s been a great success for us, and dealing with such experienced and cautious buyers has kept us very much on our toes. We host regular wine tastings, dinners, winemaker visits etc. in Cambridge and Oxford.
Our approach is rather different from that of other merchants. Most UK merchants have agencies or sole distribution arrangements; they import those wines, then have to sell them.
Our Fellows customers are playing a long-term intelligent game in stocking their cellars and we, accordingly, operate more pragmatically – we search out the unusual and unknown, the rising stars, bargains and mature finds. Our selection process is extremely rigorous and totally independent.
However, we also stock all the dependable everyday wines that Restaurants and Catering Departments require.
En-Primeur: We don’t knock out offers every year – just the best vintages. We have superb access to the markets and often beat all other merchants on price and availability. With 7 retail branches and a thriving wholesale business, we are spending plenty, all year every year with the top growers, so they’re kind to us at offer time.
Our company accounted for around 10% of all the 2007 Vintage Port sold en-primeur in the UK.
Unlike other merchants, we never take a long position on en-primeur allocations, so when we recommend a wine it’s because we totally believe it is a great buy – not because we have already bought 1000 cases and have to sell it, and pay for it!
Where to shop, who to contact:
If you’d like help setting up wine tasting events - Brett Turner email@example.com
Some useful links to your local Wine Societies
JCR MCR etc.
Simply drop in or email your local branch or our HQ see http://www.cambridgewine.com/aboutus.asp and fill in the simple account application form (we can email this to you). You will receive full wholesale price on all products.
Catering and Conferencing Departments
Contact our dedicated team - Alex Burke firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact - Brett Turner email@example.com
Fellows’ Wine Cellars
Contact - Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org
For En-Primeur sales - Hal Wilson email@example.com