2013-14 International Wine Challenge awards for CWM: Large Independent Merchant of the Year UK; Regional Merchant of the Year: Eastern England; Fortified Specialist Merchant of the Year UK.
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IWC Merchant of the Year 2012

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

Cambridge Wine Merchants Team


·        Hal Wilson MA (Cantab)

Managing Director

Hal has been enthusiastically involved in wine and food since coming up to Cambridge to read Classics at Peterhouse. After graduating he entered the wine trade, establishing Cambridge Wine Merchants with Brett in 1993. He runs our HQ and fine wine department and deals with press. Specialist Areas: Bordeaux (Hal handles all our En Primeur business), Burgundy, Rhone. He’s also our Finance Director, which is why (unlike so many of our competitors) we’re still in business.

Contact: Tel + 44 01954 214528. Mobile 07968 220290. hal@cambridgewine.com


Stewart Travers

Senior Buyer

Stewart is our senior buyer.  Passionate about researching and finding exciting new wines, this goes hand in hand with the trust he has built with clients. These wines find a natural home in CWM branches, as well as on the wine lists of top eateries and in the cellars of Oxbridge colleges. Stew is a legend not only in the world of wine, but also for his exceptional DJing and world class breadmaking skills.

Contact: +44 01954 214528. stewart@cambridgewine.com


·        Alex Burke

Wholesale Manager

Alex joined us in 2006. Previously a Senior Wine Advisor for Virgin Wines on-line, his areas of expertise are Southern France and Spain, where has spent a lot of time learning about wine. His specialist wholesale markets are mostly with large event venues, restaurants, gastro-pubs and college catering departments.

Contact: + 44 01954 214528. alex@cambridgewine.com


James Sillifant

Spirits Buyer

After several years managing our flagship stores, James took on the responsibility of our whole spirits portfolio in 2015. With more suppliers and more SKUs than any other buyer, James’ job is one of organisation and skill. He has taken our spirits range from strength to strength, acquiring allocations of limited release products we could barely of dreamed of a few years ago.

email: cwmspirits@gmail.com


Alice Archer

College & Private Client Sales


Alice looks after our en primeur, Oxbridge College, and private client sales, as well as buying wine for all channels. Like the MD, Alice graduated with a degree in Classics from the University of Cambridge but soon discovered learning about wine was much more fun! Having completed the WSET Diploma in 2017, gaining two exceptional awards including the McNie Tasting Trophy for the best tasting paper, Alice is now studying for the notoriously difficult Master of Wine qualification. Our resident Champagne expert, in her spare time she is Chairman of The Champagne Academy as well as being a Dame Chevalier of the Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne. Alice spent two months in early 2018 as a winemaking intern at Rustenberg Wines in Stellenbosch. We are thrilled to have some of the wines she helped to craft on our shelves today.

Contact: +44 7921 464651. alice.archer@cambridgewine.com


·        Logistics Team

·       ·        Jean Carlos and Kev organise our logistics operation. Edgar, Stuart, and Steve drive the vans and deal with branches and wholesale customers. All with efficiency, and most of all good humour. We wouldn’t survive without them.

·        Contact: +44 01954 214573. logistics@cambridgewine.com


·        Jonathan Thompson

Central admin and Web Sales

Jon does the computing.

Contact: + 44 01954 214528. epos@cambridgewine.com


·        Brett Turner


Brett and Hal founded CWM and they still own the company. Brett does all our design and marketing. He hosts many tastings and dinners and runs numerous charity events as part of our good works programme.

·        Contact: 07870 48 28 07. brett@cambridgewine.com


Gareth Pickering

Bar Operations, Events and Assistant to Chairman.

Gareth joined us from the CambsCuisine group and was manager at The Tickell Arms, Whittlesford.



·        Gareth Thomas

Owner, Salisbury Franchise

Gareth owns our gorgeous Salisbury franchise. 

Contact: + 44 (0)1722 324486. salisbury@cambridgewine.com


·        Chris Woodhall

Owner, Ampthill Franchise

Owns our super-busy Ampthill franchise. After some years in the less interesting field of computing he’s now enjoying life with his lovely shop. 

Contact: + 44 01525 405929. ampthill@cambridgewine.com