Restaurants, independent merchants and private clients are about to get one step closer to leading Scottish fine wine merchants, Woodwinters, as it opens a London office.
Headed up by Andrew Johnson, London will form the central focus of the company's activities but it is hoped the additional office will offer total on-and off trade coverage across the UK for the portfolio.
'We have grown the agency side of our business over the last 5 years with 90% being sold in Scotland,' owner Doug Wood said. 'In order to look after those agencies well we need to look at the UK as a whole which this partnership allows.
'It will also enable us to bring more new exciting wineries that we have long wanted to but not had geographical coverage to be able to do until now. With low overheads and an incredibly focused team we will bring a different angle to the traditional wine agency model.'
Set up in 2005, Woodwinters has become a multichannel agency business with three retail shops (Edinburgh, Bridge of Allan & Inverness) and a wholesale and private client division importing wines from all over the world.
Andrew Johnson added: 'Over the last six months, I have been looking for a new challenge and was flattered when Doug asked me to be his business partner in setting up a new London office for Woodwinters. I have known Doug for nine years now and have always had a lot of respect for what he and his team have created.'
A press and trade tasting to launch the new London office will be held on Monday 17 July at Ember Yard, 60 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SU.