Backing our Best Growers
Backing our Best Growers
Backing our Best Growers

This year's extraordinary circumstances have brought extraordinary challenges to wine growers. Those who have felt the effects most acutely are small-to-medium sized producers. In other words, many of our suppliers.

We have always tried to look after our suppliers and pride ourselves on going the extra mile where we can. We got in touch with our best, and best-loved, growers with a simple question: 'what can we do to help?'

The result is this extensive selection of superb wines, including special deals, new wines and more.

The more you buy, the more we can support these growers
We hope that you'll be able to support this campaign and enjoy some fantastic bottles at great prices, while helping to put a smile back on the faces of those who work so hard to make them.


 

Backing our Best Growers digital magazine

Enjoy our 'Backing our Best' digital magazine, featuring stories from our growers, video extras and all of these delicious wines, in one easy-to-read format.





Winemakers On The Devastating Effects Of Covid
Backing our best growers: Tastings & Events
Doing the right thing in the 'new normal'



News from the field with our growers

Iduna Weinert

Iduna Weinert:
'Our hearts have been introduced to the true meaning of empathy'

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This is a difficult sentence to put together: the word 'extraordinary' has a whole new meaning after the experience that Covid-19 has forced the entire world to go through. All of us face serious difficulties and uncertainties, but it has also put a major focus on the importance of co-operation between partners, from grape growers to winemakers, from suppliers to consumers. It has made clearer than ever that the world keeps getting smaller, and there is no such thing as a regional impact. Our hearts were introduced to the true meaning of empathy and the inestimable value of the human capital.

Sichel Family

Charlie Sichel:
'Our business is down 36% year on year – it's forcing us to rethink and adapt'

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These unprecedented times have made us realise that normality was actually a comfortable routine with its ordinary schedule of ups and downs. But the last few months have seen the Covid beast slowly rear its head which has, and will continue to, increase stress levels in terms of cashflow and productivity. We've taken major hits on airline business, travel and tourism, retail and on-trade sales across the world. To date, our business is down 36% year on year. This is forcing us to rethink our organisation to better adapt to a fast-changing world where flexibility and agility are going to be key.

Despagne Family

Basaline Granger, Vignobles Despagne:
'We've been supporting local businesses to make a difference'

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Obviously Covid-19 has dramatically impacted our business; especially our distribution channels some of which are in real danger, including airline companies, hospitality distribution specialists (hotels and restaurants) and the travel industry. It's upsetting to see some of our customers in big difficulties.

Demand from France, Belgium, China and Hong Kong all but disappeared. Custom from the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Japan, USA didn't stop, but certainly slowed down. Despite the challenges, we are proud that we haven't closed our business and we have put all our energy into preparing orders with the utmost hygiene and sanitation for our employees and customers.

We also wanted to support others that were experiencing difficulties in this time, so along with the Bordeaux Oxygène association we partnered with local businesses. The idea was to support our favourite restaurants locally and offer some wines or special prizes to their customers to encourage people to use local businesses again. We've also partnered with the CIVB, donating prizes to a big auction in order to raise funds for the benefit of our local hospitals and nursing staff.

As a positive, while the lockdown didn't stop me from being in the office every day, it did give us a great opportunity to enjoy our environment and time with my children and husband. Teenagers eat a lot and mine certainly enjoyed me cooking a lot for them: seasonal and very local food and changing up the daily menu to keep things interesting. It was a great opportunity to discover some local growers, especially a goat's cheese producer that is now one of our favourites, and whose cheese, luckily, pairs very well with our white wines!

Bleasdale

Paul Hotker, Bleasdale:
'We are keeping our eyes on the horizon and seeking new opportunities'

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What a challenging year in viticulture, with drought, frost and bushfire. Although the rains have been excellent, we continue to face headwinds with a global pandemic.

The pandemic has created some significant changes to our business with shifts in consumer behaviour, changes in sales and distribution channels and closures of pubs and cafés locally, interstate and overseas. This has naturally led to changes in the way we service our customers. Starting with the purchase of a van for Adelaide and local deliveries we are increasing our direct from winery business as well as other avenues, considering the circumstances we are travelling quite well and heading in a positive direction.

Luckily there is always demand for good quality wine and thanks to all involved in Bleasdale we have an abundance. We are mindful of our position as a multi-generational winemaker; catering for our loyal customers whilst evolving new wines for new customers, remaining relevant to wine drinkers here and overseas. We are keeping our eyes on the horizon and seeking new opportunities and whilst we are dipping our toes in the water, it may not be the time to dive in headfirst.

Cristobal Undurraga, Viña Koyle

Cristobal Undurraga, Viña Koyle
'The 2020 harvest will be unforgettable'

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The 2020 harvest will, of course, be unforgettable. We had a very warm and dry year, and grapes were getting ripe fast and at the same time Covid-19 was penetrating our cities even faster.

For both reasons, we had to rush and pick our grapes as soon as we could, with difficulties emerging day after day. Challenges included restrictions in transport, local quarantines and our team of trainee winemakers needing to return to their families, including some in the Italy and US. Fortunately, all of them got home safely and with the ones that remained, we managed to get the job done pretty well.

It's been a constant rollercoaster of feelings, keeping us really busy looking after our workers as well as the attention needed for our grapes and wines.

We had to make some difficult decisions, like sending home all our vulnerable workers, including older employees and those with underlying health issues. But despite all the precautions taken, we had an outbreak of infection at the winery. We shut down all activity for two weeks. With this we could stop the outbreak and fortunately all the infected people recovered well and soon, and they are all back again.

Luckily, despite all this, the the wines are showing very well indeed; wine is extremely loyal and even though we had to do many things differently this year, our wine is still there, ripe, healthy and waiting for us.

Kumeu River Family

Paul Brajkovich, Kumeu River:
'It was a relief to have all the grapes already fermenting away while lockdown was happening'

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Luckily, life within New Zealand is pretty much back to normal; the trick will be how we open up to the rest of the world again.

Sales in New Zealand dropped for us significantly when lockdown happened due to all the restaurants being closed, but thankfully we were able to connect directly with customers through our online sales and deliver to them during lockdown. Exports continued and we were pleased that we could continue to supply our customers around the world.

In terms of our 2020 vintage, thankfully the New Zealand lockdowntook place after we had finished harvest. It was a relief to have all the grapes in the winery fermenting away when lockdown was happening, so Michael and Nigel were the only two that needed to be in the winery to keep an eye on things. This year will be remembered not only for the pandemic and the surreal times of lockdown but also for the glorious quality of the 2020 vintage.

Mac Forbes

Mac Forbes:
'Thanks to The Wine Society family for this virtual hug of support'

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To reflect on the year to date is a distorted exercise. Back at Christmas, Covid wasn't a thing. But ravaging fires across Australia and dense acrid smoke certainly was. To reflect on what the year has offered already is staggering. To consider we are still doing what we love is mostly bizarre.

As I write this, Melbourne and the Yarra Valley are back into full lockdown as numbers rise again. Our core business of restaurants around the world are all in varying states of trading, from 'restricted' to no trading at all. So while we cope with heavily reduced sales in all markets, we are also grateful for the support from many of those in the industry whose businesses are not suffering. Enter The Wine Society.

Our relationship with The Wine Society is something I have always valued. Appreciating long-term farming, long -term visions and – most importantly – long-term relationships is what distinguishes The Wine Society from so many others. It also reminds me how fantastic this industry can be.

After numerous chats with Freddy (Bulmer, Society buyer for Australia), it was hugely appreciated when it was agreed that we would supply some of our 2019 Spring Riesling as part of 'Backing our Best Growers 2020'.

Such support says much about the strength and value of the long relationships The Society has with growers as well as with members. It filters through to the morale of all our staff knowing care and support has come in from all around the world. Thanks to Freddy and all the members of The Wine Society family for this virtual hug of support.

Wess

Christina Wess, Weingut Rainer Wess:
'For a time not a single bottle left our cellar door, leaving us with no income'

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The first week of lockdown didn't affect us too much: we have three employees in the vineyards and because they are all from the same family we didn't have to stop working. We also adapted to new ways of working, such as masterclasses via Zoom with The Wine Society, which have been fun (although they don't compare with meeting members face-to face of course).

But the next week was very different. It got very quiet and we got more and more worried after every day. We are a very young winery (founded in 2003) and we do not have many private customers yet. We Austrians like to drink the wine we already know, for years and in some cases for generations. So, for a long time we have had to focus selling our wines in Austrian restaurants and bars. During the lockdown, all of our main on-trade customers had to close, and virtually not a single bottle of wine left our cellar door. This was not an easy time because we still had very much to do in the vineyards and in the office, but no orders were coming in and so no income.

On the other hand, we also experienced something incredible during the lockdown: that you can count on the loyal people and companies you work with, even during a worldwide pandemic. We experienced so much understanding and solidarity with some of our partners – including The Wine Society, of course – which really touched our hearts.

Viña Zorzal

Xabi Sanz, Viña Zorzal:
'Covid-19 has taught us to be more human and to work even harder'

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Covid-19 has shown us how easy it is for our business to become destabilised so quickly after many years building it, but it has also taught us to be more human, to work even harder, to be much more creative and to step back from our day-to-day madness and devote more time to all the wonderful projects we have in mind!

Bodegas Classica

Bodegas Classica:
'In Rioja we're used to dealing with problems – now we are learning to cope with the pandemic'

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Rioja, along with Madrid, the first region in Spain to be hit by Covid-19. Our local community suffered a lot, but we also learned very early the importance of safety during this pandemic. Even though most of our sales dropped due to the closure of restaurants and some stores, our jobs in the vineyard and the winery could not stop. Vines and wine do not understand about the virus, so we reduced the number of people working at the same time, and increased the security protocols, making sure that we kept all the necessary tasks to keep making amazing wines. A few hailstorms and vine diseases are making our work in the vineyard a bit harder this year, but now it looks like a smaller, but very high-quality harvest is coming closer.

In wine regions like Rioja we are used to dealing with problems – sometimes from Mother Nature, sometimes from economic situations, and now we are learning how to cope with a pandemic. But as always, by working hard and giving our best efforts to our wines, the storm will pass very soon.

Contessa

Franco Pasetti, Contessa:
'Since March we have sold virtually nothing; but now Italy seems to have reopened again'

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During the worst months of the pandemic the situation for our estate was a story of two halves.

Since March when the lockdown started, we have sold virtually nothing in what is usually our busiest period of the year. Our staff were furloughed and for two months my brother, Ugo, and I did all we could to make up the difference, both working in the winery and trying to sell to private consumers. They were very challenging months! However, we managed, as we always do.

Despite the fact the 'red zone' came right up to our borders, work in the countryside carried on as normal and without interruption. In fact, all agricultural activities were excluded from the measures the Italian government had brought in to protect against the virus – vineyards and crops needed to be worked. However, we applied our own rules on social distancing between the vines, although risks were negligible in the fresh open air.

Now, Italy seems to have reopened again. Restaurants are open and people are enjoying the sea. The USA, one of our biggest markets is still completely shut for us but hopefully that will change soon.

Alfred Gratien

Olivier Dupré, Alfred Gratien:
'Thanks for the support in these difficult times'

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In these very hard days it has been very precious to have such a strong relationship with The Wine Society and you have helped us hugely, including excellent en primeur sales of our 2012 vintage Champagne and a very nice order of Crémant for the 'Backing Our Best Growers 2020' promotion. Thank you so much.

Kanonkop

Kanonkop:
'Your help was just what we needed at this time; thank you'

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The relationship we have with The Wine Society is hugely important and highly appreciated. On a personal note, Jo Locke and I started talking about a special cuvée (set for release in 2024) when I was pregnant with my little girl. She is three now! Sometimes things happen for a reason and the fact that the order for this wine came through when it did couldn't have been better timing for us. It was a long delay getting the project going but it ended up happening just at the right time for us (in the middle of the crisis), it was just what we needed at that point, so thank you.

Grati Family

Gualberto Grati:
'Despite the strangeness of lockdown we managed to replant an entire vineyard!'

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The lockdown period for us, as for many, was really without precedent.

Despite the fact we were able to continue our work in the vineyards a lot of our plans were compromised because suppliers of agricultural and vineyard materials necessary for our work were either closed or restricted in what they could deliver. We were half way through an extensive programme of replanting older, less productive vines throughout our vineyards when lockdown started which caused a lot of issues with our staff, agricultural workers and the work that needed doing. However, we persevered and managed to do everything despite the challenges. We planted 7000 new vines and managed to replace all the posts and wires necessary.

Personally, lockdown was a very strange experience as we were not allowed to move outside of our commune in Tuscany, and were allowed access outside only to get some shopping or go the pharmacy. However, luckily none of my family was affected.

A lot of our clients are restaurants and we've tried to support them as much as possible. Clearly, the lockdown has had a devasting effect in this sector and throughout the supply chain. As they re-opened, we continued our support for them. Many are only open outside, on pavements or piazzas where possible but there is no tourism. Paper menus have vanished and QR codes are used instead to read menus online. Honestly, I'm not very optimistic about this sector but always hopeful things will change.

Our work we have done at the Wine Society in the UK is hugely important for us now. We have been working with the Wine Society for many, many years and we value enormously the members who drink our wines. It gives us hope for the future. We look forward to continuing to support the Wine Society in their fantastic work and welcoming the members at our winery in Rufina, Tuscany, when all this is over.

A big grazie to you all.



'The Cost To Our Country Is Going To Be Huge': Winemakers On The Devastating Effects Of Covid

'The Cost To Our Country Is Going To Be Huge': Winemakers On The Devastating Effects Of Covid

Covid-19 has had catastrophic effects across the wine industry, with job and profit losses just the tip of the iceberg for some. Joanna Goodman speaks to industry experts and the growers themselves to uncover the full human and industry impact of the pandemic.

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Doing the right thing in the 'new normal'

Doing the right thing in the 'new normal'

Joanna Goodman discovers that the values of our Victorian founders are still etched into The Wine Society's DNA, with our pledge to support our growers, pull together and put members before profit seeing us through lockdown. Here she speaks to Director of Wine Pierre Mansour about how we've come through lockdown stronger together.

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Throwing growers a lifeline

The Wine Society has always been about establishing long-term relationships with its suppliers rather than trading for short-term gain. As such, lending a helping hand to winemakers in times of need is nothing new. After all, The Wine Society was established on the back of such an act, in an early form of crowdfunding. After the International Exhibition in 1874, one of the last of its kind, a group of individuals came to the aid of the Portuguese shippers whose barrels of wine had inadvertently been left forgotten in the cellars of The Albert Hall rather than brought up for display to potential importers in the galleries above. They decided to buy the wine between them, setting up lunch parties to share the wine with friends and found that this was actually a good way of buying wine from an authenticated source. The rest, as they say…

Royal Albert Hall

The Wine Society was founded in 1874 following an early form of 'crowd funding' to buy up some Portuguese wines left over after the International Exhibition held at the Royal Albert Hall


With this as its founding principle, it comes as no surprise then that Wine Society buyers were in immediate contact with their suppliers to see what could be done to help. Pierre Mansour tells us:

'We haven't publicised ways in which we have supported our growers in the past, but in a business like making wine, cashflow is often critical; investment in new equipment can be a costly business and if you need to do this before your new vintage is ready to be sold, we have sometimes stepped in by paying extra early and in advance for a grower's wine so that they can renovate their cellar (and make better quality wine as a result). We have also been able to buy up wines from growers who have been let down when commitments for orders have been reneged upon by others.'

Nadia Curto's small village in Barolo was badly affected by the virus

Nadia Curto's small village in Barolo was badly affected by the virus

In this current situation, clearly it wasn't possible to help everyone. Some of The Wine Society's growers, particularly the smaller ones were already really struggling with social distancing and travelling restrictions impeding vital work. At the peak of the outbreak across Europe, negotiations were underway with winemakers in Piedmont, one of the parts of Italy particularly badly affected by the virus. Sarah Knowles MW, buyer of Italian wines, said that her daily conversations with producers were quite harrowing, here's is what she told us of here communications with Nadia Curto at the time:

'I have been in touch with Nadia directly over the last six weeks, and the lockdown for her has been very difficult and sad. The collapse of the local on trade, illness and loss in the village; the fear was palpable. Nadia was taking solace in working in the vineyards, well isolated, and cooking (and enjoying wines) at home with her family. Members purchases from our Barolo en primeur offer meant I could confirm orders for Nadia and others in Barolo at this difficult time.'

Nadia was one of many producers who sent heartfelt messages of gratitude to The Wine Society and its members when en primeur orders were placed for her wines:

'The fields nothing matter the virus or whatever... so... in a moment when the economy is blocked and the future is uncertain when you buy a bottle, as you did, you really help the little farmer to go on and give some new breath for every wine company.'

So, how did The Wine Society make the choice as to who to help in this situation? Was it a question of who asked first or did the buyers decide who they thought needed support the most? Pierre Mansour, again:

'It was a bit of both. We are really lucky to have such strong relationships with our growers which is based on trust and doing the right thing. It also helps that our buyers spend a lot of time visiting regions, meeting growers in person, revisiting every year or more. This human element makes us stand out in the wine trade. It also helps that The Wine Society has an impeccable reputation for paying on time. We realised that each grower's situation is different – some had cash pressures, others stock pressures; some were doing just fine; some were sitting on cancelled orders from other export markets. We also knew that we wouldn't be able to help all our suppliers. So we decided the best way to approach it was to select growers who members value most (with a track record of supplying delicious, good-value wines; growers that go the extra mile by attending our events or by hosting members on their travels; growers that exclusively work with The Wine Society, for example).'

Because The Wine Society is a mutual, owned by its members, it means that it can make business decisions not directly leading to growth profit. What this means for the members is that wines are always competitively priced and also, at times like this, when the essential thing is to encourage as much support as possible, discounts can be offered to members to encourage everyone to get involved and back the growers. The idea of a special promotion that offers a win-win opportunity for all, was a no-brainer – the concept for a big autumn offer 'Backing out Best Growers 2020' was born. 'It's a great deal for members and helps keep some of The Wine Society's 'best-loved growers' going in these difficult times,' Pierre explained.

How has The Wine Society fared during these difficult times?

Like many of its producers, The Wine Society has weathered tricky moments in history and survived, thanks to good governance and prudent management, and of course, loyal share-holding members. Current circumstances are, however, to use that much overused term of the past few months, 'unprecedented.'

But while wine sales in the on-trade all but vanished overnight, in the off-trade and for organisations like The Wine Society, with a long track record of distance selling, orders spiked, particularly with the panic buying that went on at the start of lockdown.

The Wine Society saw Christmas levels of ordering and as well as lapsed members wanting to come on board again, there were also record numbers of new members keen to join. Pierre Mansour is candid about how The Wine Society coped with the additional demand:

'Our first priority was to make it safe to work in our warehouse. We were forced to close the business for a couple of weeks to do this enabling us to redesign every stage to ensure social distancing. This was not an easy decision to make but we are proud that members of our Committee who are on the boards of high-profile blue-chip organisations and financial institutions, took learnings from our set-up back to their businesses.'

Our socially-distanced Warehouse team showing their appreciation for NHS and key workers on a Thursday evening

Our socially-distanced Warehouse team showing their appreciation for NHS and key workers on a Thursday evening


The changes made to the operations at The Wine Society have enabled it consistently to ship record amounts of wine, recognising that this was going to be more than just a few weeks of disruption. At the time of writing demand remains high. Pierre continues:

'Our members are a thirsty bunch and lockdown seemed to accentuate this! We paused all our marketing and decided to temporarily close new membership so that we could satisfy this demand and properly look after existing members, only opening up again to new members when we felt confident in our ability to provide a great Wine Society experience. Initially we prioritised shipping the most popular wines and managed to retain a broad range throughout lockdown but were quickly able to move to offering a full range of wines and services. This kept our teams really busy. The buyers found themselves with more time at home and turned their attention to creating content (articles, video, virtual events with winemakers) to entertain members. Everything became digital but tasting wine still requires reality, so our homes became inundated with new vintage samples sent by our growers. Our neighbours became our best friends!

Buyers' hallways stacked with cases

Buyers' hallways stacked with cases

Fortunately for The Wine Society, our internet-based model and home delivery meant we could continue to be relevant. Our trading performance has been strong and jobs secure. As we entered the next phase (coming out of lockdown), we realised we could play an important role by supporting our most important growers. We also realised that each grower's situation was different and so it seemed appropriate to ask them what The Wine Society could do to help.'

The importance of logistics to the wine industry

One of the big lessons learnt in the first few months of the crisis as the peak of lockdowns swept across Europe, was the importance of logistics to the wine industry. Transporting wine from vineyard to warehouse involves a complex chain of events. For businesses like The Wine Society, who ship direct and sell direct to consumers (its members), it was a question of balancing high levels of demand with getting the right wines into its warehouses at the right time to meet demand. Head of merchandising at The Wine Society, Louisa Peskett provides more detail:

'To give you some idea of the scale of demand, in May alone, we sold more than 16,000 cases of wine compared to the same month last year. It was bigger than Christmas. Clearly as stocks were depleted, we had fewer wines available and while we always maintain good stocks of our most popular wines, these were the first to go; between March and June our stocks almost halved (reduced by about 100,000 cases). We immediately set out a plan to reorder stocks of our top 100 wines. All previous forecasting models went out the window; nobody could have planned for this! Luckily, our supply-chain systems worked pretty well and fortunately most of our suppliers were able to carry on operating during lockdown, though there were inevitable hold ups, particularly where bottling and labelling new vintages were concerned. The sunny weather during spring saw unprecedented levels of orders for rosés, more than 1,000 dozen increase year on year. While keeping the supplies coming was a major challenge, it was one my team rose to but because of the new ways of working within our warehouse, there was a limit to the number of wines we could manage at goods-in compared to what is normally achievable, slowing down our usually highly slick and fast operations.'

'I'm really proud that very quickly we were able to have around 1,500 wines on sale and have maintained our range of wines, including half bottles, magnums and mixed cases throughout the lockdown period. This has not been easy and I can understand why some businesses chose to focus on offering a core range.'

New ways of working

Many colleagues in the UK wine trade are facing uncertainty about job security, particularly in those sectors that serve restaurants. Longer term it's highly likely that the wholesalers (those that sell wine to businesses in the UK) will need to reinvent their models. Some might decide to start selling directly to wine drinkers to compensate.

Some commentators in the wine industry are even quite up-beat about the challenges that they are facing, welcoming the opportunity to rethink how they operate.

Pierre notes, 'As Albert Einstein once said, in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity' and it was amazing to see the creativity that many in wine embraced to overcome the challenges. From live virtual events to beaming news direct from the vineyards, and so on.'

Eric Baugher, chief operating officer and head winemaker of Ridge, Monte Bello, is just one of many of The Wine Society's suppliers that have quickly had to readjust to the new ways of working:

'The pandemic has really thrown us and most businesses off the sales goal. Our two tasting rooms were shuttered from mid-March until July. Having no visitors to the winery meant we needed to do more outreach to our customers. We did a weekly virtual tasting for our customers that was educational, interactive, and successful. It helped us continue to sell wine out the cellar door using traditional shipping or our own delivery service. In the US market, on-premise restaurant business is dead. All our wholesale market has gone to off-premise retail. Consumers are buying wine, but dining at home. Alcohol consumption, especially wine, has picked up significantly during the COVID pandemic. It is unlikely that restaurants are going to return to normal business in 2020, but we have adapted and direct sales from the winery are doing very well to pick up the slack. At this moment, we're doing better than expected but watching sales channels closely and being ready to adapt further if necessary.'

Keeping its members entertained

Eric was just one of the many winemakers who have taken part in the programme of virtual events that The Wine Society's tastings team quickly brought together. To date, almost 4,000 different members have taken part in these live Zoom events and there have been a further 35,000 views on The Society's YouTube channel. Together with The Society's social media channels and its online Community pages, the teams quickly put together a calendar of events with Q&As and lunchtime chats, themed taste-alongs and workshops, as well as more formal presentations and conversations with its growers – there was something happening every day.

Some might jest that it takes a pandemic to get Wine Society buyers to embrace social media (they now all have their own Instagram profiles), but many were already pretty active across such platforms and Marcel Orford-Williams has become a bit of an internet sensation with his regular 'Glass with Marce' videos of lockdown tastings.

Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams' 'A Glass with Marce' videos have become a bit of an internet sensation!

Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams' 'A Glass with Marce' videos have become a bit of an internet sensation!


In the absence of sales offers, the marketing content team threw themselves into publishing stories from the growers and buyers, guides and recipes to keep members engaged; members joined in with their own lockdown tales of forgotten bottles and lucky finds. The feedback from members on all these initiatives has been great and The Wine Society will carry on with its programme to entertain and engage with its members through its Discovery content.

As we emerge from lockdown The Wine Society is committed to continuing its support of its growers, just as it has done since its inception in 1874.

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    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 13 months.
  • Peerius Cookies
    These third-party cookies are used to provide you with personalised recommendations based on your purchase and browsing history. They expire within 4 hours of your visit.

4.4.4.3. Performance/analytical cookies
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:

  • Google Analytics Cookies
    These are third-party cookies to enable Google Analytics to monitor website traffic. All information is recorded anonymously. Using Google Analytics allows The Society to better understand how members use our site and monitor website traffic.

4.4.4.4. Authentication Cookie
In order for us to ensure that your data remains secure it is necessary for us to verify that your session is authentic (i.e. it has not been compromised by a malicious user). We do this by storing an otherwise meaningless unique ID in a cookie for the duration of your visit. No personal information can be gained from this cookie.

4.4.5. How do you turn cookies off?

All modern browsers allow you to modify your cookie settings so that all cookies, or those types which are not acceptable to you, are blocked. However, please note that this may affect the successful functioning of the site, particularly if you block all cookies, including essential cookies. For example, In Internet Explorer, go to the Tools Menu, then go to Internet Options, then go to Privacy. Here you can change the rules your browser uses to accept cookies. You can find out more in the public sources mentioned below.

4.4.6. Learn more about cookies

4.4.7. Changes to our cookie policy

Any changes we may make to our cookie policy in the future will be posted on the website and, where appropriate, notified to you by email. Please check back frequently to see any updates and changes to our cookie policy.