Join my journey of discovery ...

“What I call 'real' wine comes straight from the cellar door, has extra flavor, extra elements of pleasure, and somehow anyone, even a newcomer to wine, can feel its inherent quality and goodness.

The diary takes you to ‘real wine’ cellars in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Portugal, Spain and throughout France – Champagne, Bordeaux, the Loire, the Rhône Valley, Beaujolais, the wilds of Roussillon and the deep south. There’s more being added all the time too.

As far as we know, no merchant in the world takes anywhere near as much trouble or travels quite so far to find quality wine. At the last count, we'd put over 53 previously unheard-of wine regions 'on the map'. In the last twelve months alone, we travelled 180,000 miles and tasted over 30,000 wines to produce a range which combines richness, concentration and complexity.

Tony Laithwaite

Follow with Tony and the team’s travels on his Travel Blog: Tony's diary

Special E-mail Updates

The quickest way to hear about exciting new wine offers.

Wine Guarantee

We're so confident in the quality of our wines that we guarantee every bottle. If you don't like a wine, for whatever reason, you'll be refunded in full. No problem.

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.

Learn more