The Worshipful Company of Vintners, which received its first Royal Charter in 1363, is one of the City of London’s oldest Livery Companies. With its close links to the City of London and its origins in the import, regulation and sale of wine, the Company continues to maintain strong links with its trade and considers itself as ‘the spiritual home of the wine trade’ in the UK.
However, it also has an important charitable focus and this remains a key aspect of its business today with the Company donating grants to a wide range of London based charities, especially those concerned with the social aspects of the misuse of alcohol. In addition, the Company provides bursaries and scholarships in the field of wine education and supports a number of important trade associations and institutes.
The Company is housed in Vintners’ Hall on Upper Thames Street in London and has occupied the same site since the earliest days of its history.
Why the Vintners’ Company is sponsoring the ICCWS 2016:
Mr Rupert Clevely, Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners for 2015, explains: With a history in wine dating back over 650 years, The Vintners’ Company is delighted to support both the UK and international wine trades. We have always encouraged innovation in the world of wine and look forward to reaffirming our links internationally and with the burgeoning number of quality UK growers. The ICCWS is a wonderful opportunity to further the cause of English & Welsh wines and the Vintners’ Company is thrilled to be a part of this.