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How Membership Works

The Wine Society is owned by its members and exists exclusively for their benefit. Founded in 1874, its aim is to introduce members to the best of the world's vineyards at a fair price.

The cost of a lifetime share is £40 with no annual fee or obligation.

If you wish to become a member and don't have anyone to propose you, then the company secretary would be very happy to act as your proposer.

Download a copy of the application for membership form

Join now and receive £10 towards your first order

How to Join

Propose a member

Propose someone for membership



(completed by an existing member)

Recommend The Society to a friend

Recommend The Society to a friend



(completed by an existing member)



If you are not a member, and would like to buy membership for someone else, call 01438 741177 or email memberservices@thewinesociety.com.

Six reasons to join:


Join The Wine Society

'Probably the best wine move
you'll ever make'

Jane MacQuitty, The Times
  • Good wines, good value
    The Society's range has high-quality, interesting wines at all prices, with over 200 wines priced at less than £7.95 a bottle.
  • Discover new wines
    The Society's buyers seek out hundreds of new wines each year from around the world. The current range of around 1,500 wines represents the best of the leading wine regions and some rather lesser-known ones too.
  • Pleasure not profit
    As a co-operative, membership satisfaction is paramount; maximising profit is not. There is no obligation for members to buy, and any surplus profits are used to enhance The Society's services and prices.
  • Buy with complete confidence
    Whether you are knowledgeable about wine or looking for guidance, The Society offers something for all. For those who know what they want our award-winning range covers every corner of the wine world to suit all budgets and palates. For those looking for guidance, we are here to help.
  • Outstanding services
    The Society offers a range of services to help you make the most of your membership. These include wine advice from our expert team, tastings & events, regular wine delivery schemes, cellar plans, showrooms in Stevenage and outside Calais and ideal wine storage.
  • Value for your membership
    The Society aims to provide the best overall value of any wine merchant. We work hard to ensure we offer good, sustainable everyday prices, and to keep these prices as low as we can for as long as we can.

New members will receive a share certificate and membership pack around four working days after receipt of the application.

Vouchers: The Society does not at present offer gift vouchers, but we are happy to put paid credit onto members' accounts. If you would be interested in making a gift to a member in this way, please call Member Services on 01438 741177 or email memberservices@thewinesociety.com


In 2013, The Society was voted National Wine Merchant of the Year by the Decanter World Wine Awards and Wine Merchant of the Year and Wine Club of the Year at the International Wine Challenge, three of the highest wine trade accolades for UK merchants.

'The best club in our survey – The Wine Society – scored far more overall (86%) than its nearest competitor….'

The Wine Society finished top in survey of UK wine clubs by Which? Magazine. – read the news story.
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Membership as a Gift

A share in The Wine Society - the perfect gift

For wine-loving friends and family not yet acquainted with The Society, a gift membership makes an ideal present. Along with the new member's share certificate and welcome pack, a Wine Society gift card will be added showing the name of the donor with the option of adding a personal message.

If you are a member, and would like to buy membership for someone else, click here.

If you are not a member, and would like to buy membership for someone else, call 01438 741177 or email memberservices@thewinesociety.com.

Please note that membership is only available and sales of alcohol can only be made to those over 18 years of age and although joint applications are not accepted we can accept corporate applications. The Wine Society will validate applicants' dates of birth and addresses.

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You may alter your browser settings to turn off cookies or block those types which are unacceptable to you, but this will cause difficulties when accessing and using some areas of the site. Instructions on how to do this can also be found below.

4.4.1. What are 'Cookies'?

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4.4.2. How do Cookies help The Wine Society?

Cookies allow our website to function effectively. Cookies also help us to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. We can learn what information is important to our visitors, and what isn't.

4.4.3. How does The Wine Society use cookies?

The Wine Society does not accept advertising from third parties and therefore, as a rule, does not serve third-party cookies. Exceptions to this include performance/analytical cookies (see below), used anonymously to improve the way our website works, and occasions when we may team up with suppliers to offer special discounts on goods or services.

The Society uses technology to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to our site. In this instance we use cookies of the types described in 4.4.4.1 below (which are removed at the end of your session) and in 4.4.4.2 below (which are removed after 14 months). These are always served as first-party cookies, operated by The Wine Society, not a third party.

4.4.4. What type of cookies does The Wine Society use?

We use the following three types of cookies:

4.4.4.1. Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are required for the operation of our website, enabling you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services like shopping baskets or e-billing cannot be provided. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:

  • Authentication Cookie and Anonymous Cookie
    These cookies remember that you are logged in to your account – without them, the website would repeatedly request your login details with each new page you visit during your time on our website. They are removed once your session has ended.
  • SessionID Cookie
    This cookie is used to remember who you are as you use our site: without it, the website would be unable to tell the difference between you and another Wine Society member and facilities such as your basket and the checkout process would therefore not be able to function. They too are removed once your session has ended.

4.4.4.2. Functionality & Targeting/Tracking Cookies
These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website and to provide enhanced features. This allows us to personalise our content for you. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookie:

  • Unique User Cookie
    This cookie is used to:
    • store your share number in order to identify that you have visited the website before. Without this cookie, we would be unable to tell whether you are a member or not.
    • record your visit to the website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We use this information to make our website, the content displayed on it and direct marketing communications we may send to you or contact you about more relevant to your interests

This cookie expires after 14 months.

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These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information which identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:

  • Webtrends Cookie
    This is a first-party cookie enabling Webtrends to track, anonymously, where you visit throughout the site. Using Webtrends allows The Society to better understand how members use our site and monitor website traffic.
  • Google Analytics Cookies
    These are third-party cookies similar to the above, but used to enable Google Analytics to monitor website traffic. Like the Webtrends cookie, all information is recorded anonymously.

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