One of the UK’s most successful wine companies becomes the ICCWS’s first sponsor
Laithwaite’s Wine is the world’s most successful direct-to-consumer wine merchant. Wholly owned by Tony and Barbara Laithwaite, the business has been seeking out fantastic wines and bringing them direct to customers in the UK since 1969.
Tony’s ethos has always been to look for great value wines that offer amazing flavour-for-money, and to talk about wine in a really unstuffy way.
Despite operating in 10 countries around the world, with the US and Australia being the two most important markets after the UK, the quality of the wines and the level of personal service is as good as it has ever been, generating enormous loyalty among customers of Laithwaite’s Wine.
Why are Laithwaite’s Wine sponsoring the ICCWS?
Not many people realise that three members of the Laithwaite Family are vignerons themselves. While Tony bought a small property in Bordeaux back in 1984, his wife Barbara planted her own vineyard in the Chiltern Hills in 2006, and their son, Henry, planted 6ha near Marlow in 2010 and 2011.
There’s also 700 Chardonnay vines growing on a small plot outside Laithwaite’s Theale headquarters (tended by the staff), and a tiny 80-vine block by the warehouse in Gloucester! In 2011 Tony and Barbara became tenants of the Royal Farms and planted 3.5ha in Windsor Great Park.
The success of English grape growing and winemaking is very important to Tony and Barbara, and getting their hands dirty is part of the family (and company) ethos. We are delighted to be able to sponsor this important international event, and to help focus attention on the world’s more marginal growing regions.
Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, Laithwaite’s Wine