Meet our buying team
We're privileged to have the most experienced buying team in the business, with nearly 150 years between them. They are briefed only to buy wines that they really think our members will love, so they are free to explore rare parcels and unusual styles along as well-known favourites, and only from producers whose strict codes of integrity matches our own. Get to know more about our buyers below, or follow them on their wine buying journeys with Travels in Wine.
Pierre Mansour joined the buying team in 2003 and became Head of Buying in 2017. He is responsible for Spain and Lebanon.
Freddy Bulmer joined the buying team in September 2015 having originally started in Member Services as a Christmas temp in 2013.
Sarah Knowles MW
Sarah Knowles MW passed her Masters of Wine qualification in 2015 and is responsible for Champagne & sparkling wines and Italy.
Joanna Locke MW
Joanna Locke MW joined The Society in 2004. She is responsible for Alsace, Loire, South Africa and Portugal, including Port and Madeira.
Toby Morrhall has been a Wine Society buyer since 1992, and covers Burgundy, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
Marcel Orford-Williams has been with The Society since 1986. He buys The Society's Rhône, Southern and regional French wines and Germany.
Sebastian Payne MW
Sebastian Payne, MW joined The Wine Society in 1973. He served as Chief Wine Buyer from 1985–2012.
Tim Sykes joined The Society in March 2012. Tim is responsible for the purchasing of Bordeaux, Beaujolais and Sherry.
Matthew joined The Wine Society as a temp back in October 2012 and joined the Buying Department in December 2017.
Meet our growers
Behind every great wine is a team of dedicated growers and winemakers, all sharing our passion for good wine, made with love and care. From our celebrated 100-year relationships, to exciting new partnerships, discover more about our growers here.
‘It is such a pleasure to work with The Wine Society’
Chris Williams, Cellarmaster at Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
‘It is such a pleasure to work with The Wine Society, not only because of your extensive membership of wine lovers, but also because of the professionalism and deep wine knowledge of all the staff. I particularly enjoy your tastings where I can interact directly with the people who drink our wines, and it has been great to see a younger generation of wine lovers joining The Society and appreciating what we make.
Your strategy to store wines under optimal conditions for release at the peak of maturity is particularly impressive. We know you can look after our wines perfectly and offer them to the members when they are at their best.’
‘The Wine Society is a great and unique exemplar focused on the strong relationship between members and growers’
Claudia Adami, Riva dei Frati
We have always believed in deep relationship of trust established with our loyal estimators. The Wine Society is a great and unique exemplar focused on the strong relationship between members and growers, a community where excellence embraces conviviality and culture of fine wines. We are grateful to work with a business that gives the greatest value to what we produce with steady commitment and passion.
‘We’re a community that embraces a shared love of the land’
Mac Forbes, the winemaker behind our Blind Spot range
‘From our farming through to working with customers, what’s non-negotiable for me is respect and an eye to the longer term. The thing I love above all else in this industry are the proper relationships built over time. The Wine Society has become the finest example of a business in the 21st century that can succeed based on respect and valuing longer-term relationships. It offers members and suppliers the opportunity to be involved in a community that embraces a shared love of the land and celebrates the great joy its delicious fruits provide us with. It’s a privilege to work with you.’
‘In a world led by investments, to promote purely for pleasure is refreshing’
Edouard Mouiex, Bordeaux négociant J.P Mouiex
For three generations, we have been pursuing a single goal: the production of the best possible wines for the enjoyment of the consumers. The Wine Society and its unique set-up has always been in our mind the ideal model. In a world led by investments, to promote solely pleasure and lifestyle is both refreshing and exciting for the future. Thank you for keeping the tradition alive.
More about The Wine Society
About The Wine Society
Integrity, authenticity and an insatiable curiosity to find the world's most thrilling wines…
Better value, better values
We believe in honest pricing every day of the year. Find out more about our member-first pricing policy.
Our heritage and history
Starting as a way to avoid a diplomatic incident in 1874, The Wine Society is now the world’s oldest wine-selling co-operative.