England’s wine business is booming yet interestingly, there is only one store in the entire capitol that exclusively showcases English Wine. Most people don’t think of England as being a grape growing- or you could call it grape farming region. But the story is true and for us Londonites – it’s developing right under our nose. So we thought to go check out what this little store with a big mission is all about.
Here is a short video of our trip down to The Wine Pantry at Borough Market and the lovely girls that make it come alive. Next stop will be our visit with Julia to her new store. Be on the lookout!
The Wine Pantry is a wine store and tasting room situated in London’s Borough Market. One of the founders- Julia Stafford -could also be considered an ambassador of sorts for English wine. Several years ago she was taken back at the fact that a city as big as London and as close to a fine grape growing region had no exclusive English Wine Store. She then was inspired to do something about it. And so the Wine Pantry opened its doors, strategically in Borough Market. (See our Blog on ‘Borough Market‘) Building the business was one thing, but more so was her desire to promote and support our local vineyards by connecting them directly to the consumer in the city.
The business has grown so much and received loads of community enthusiasm that they opened a second store- English Wine and Spirits Co. just last year. The team felt it was also important to expand from wine into various other spirits made here in the UK while providing a larger and full service tasting room. But Julia’s inspiration came from the wine- grapes grown just outside of London that are now winning global competitions with not enough people knowing it. (See our blog for more about the story- ‘A growing trend… Grapes‘)
This is another story of how important these human links are in bringing value to our city life- connecting farmers to urban dwellers, boosting local sales and expanding local pride. And in this case for what seems to be a hidden secret- English Wine. But not for long…