En Primeur (EP)

All wines purchased through our en primeur offers will be delivered to our bonded warehouses, and remain stored in-bond until duty and VAT is paid. All other wines are sold duty paid.

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At The Wine Society, our aim is to spread the stock of highly south-after wines across the membership as much as possible.

Therefore, we do not operate a "First-come, First-Served system (like many other merchants) and instead use an automated allocation system. 

The timeliness of placing one's order has no bearing on the final allocation, and in instances when a wine is or a number of wines are oversubscribed, as a final resort we divide members into groups depending on their level of support for The Society (quantity of wine bought, spend, orders placed etc). 

Members who have given greater support to The Society will have a better chance (but no certainty) of being allocated wine, and those who have given less support will have a lesser chance (but still a chance).

A member is placed into one of four groups for each offer based on their sales activity.

This is a rolling two year process and members with the highest chance to receive any wines that are oversubscribed (irrespective of which wine) will have given greater support to The Society over this period.

If you happen to be in the last group, you will have the least (though still some) chance of being allocated the wine.

If you are in the top group you will have no guarantee of being allocated the wine.

Ticking the box to accept substitutes (where offered) does not affect your cvhances of being allocated your chosen wines, but helps to ensure that you definitely recieve something. 

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Your Duty & VAT charges will be payable only when you elect to withdraw your wines from our In-Bond Members' Reserves storage facility. You can provide payment for this by navigating to your personalised 'My account ' page.

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When your wines arrive at our cellars in the UK, they will be placed automatically into our In-Bond Members' Reserves facility. The Duty & VAT will only become payable when you elect to take delivery of the wines or transfer them to Duty-Paid Members' Reserves.

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Our team of fine wine advisors is here to help should you need any advice.

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If you change your mind about an en primeur order and wish to cancel it, please contact us within seven days of receipt of the Invoice/En Primeur Order Confirmation issued by The Society following order processing. We will then reimburse the appropriate sum paid within 14 days of cancellation. Due to the unique nature of en primeur campaigns, we are unable to accept cancellations after this time.

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Please visit HMRC for the latest figures regarding Duty & VAT on wine. 

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