You are in good company with Laithwaites Direct Wines

Laithwaites Wine was founded in Bordeaux in 1969 and is the world's largest home-delivery wine company, each year delivering wine to around 1,000,000 customers from London to New York, Berlin to Sydney.

Our international partners include The Wall Street Journal, London's Sunday Times, Zagat, British Airways Executive Club, and HSBC, while our Hong Kong offices opened in 2009 now serves over 15,000 customers.

Laithwaites Wine was recently named Direct Merchant of the Year at London's International Wine Challenge and has won similar awards at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Meet our team of renowned wine experts

The company was founded by Chairman Tony Laithwaite, who fell in love with Bordeaux as a young man and drove a van of Saint-Emilion from Bordeaux to London in the late 1960s. Tony was recently called "the greatest wine merchant on the planet" in the British press and has been made a Chevalier du Merite Agricole by the French government.

Club president is the great Hugh Johnson, the most published wine writer in history and author of the World Atlas of Wine. Hugh oversees our wine polices and visits Hong Kong on our behalf to hold tastings.

Our team of buyers taste over 40,000 wines each year to choose fewer than 1,000 for our customers, the team are led by Justin Howard-Sneyd, a Master of Wine with a perfect Palate who also has a château in southern France.

Steven Spurrier is a great guest consultant for the team and contributes decades of experience. He famously organised the Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976, founded the Academie du Vin, France's private wine school and works as a consultant editor to Decanter magazine.

In addition to buying wines from established estates around the world, Laithwaites Wine also makes small parcels at our wineries, Le Chai au Quai (pictured below) and Redheads Wine Studio in South Australia.

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Tony Laithwaite
Tony Laithwaite

History of Laithwaites

It all began back in 1969, after student summers working in Bordeaux vineyards, and lugging wine home on the train. I and five winegrowers then bought a Ford van with the idea of me bringing their 'real' wines directly to customers in the UK.

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