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Scotland's most reliable wine wholesaler
welcome Wine Importers were established in 1975 to meet a growing demand for interesting wines with a Global difference; our Company was ahead of its time then and still is now.

Today we strive to maintain the personal levels of service that were the norm in our founder’s time and not treat customers as just ‘account numbers’.
Nowadays our range is the most extensive and innovative in Scotland and because of our reputation the best known wine producers want us to represent them.

We would be delighted to send you a portfolio or discuss the proven ways we can help you drive wine sales within your business, whether in the on or off trade.
our
passion
We take great pleasure when our customers say ‘Thank You, you’re the best’ when we’ve gone that extra mile to help them out. Or when they say ‘You’ve really made a huge improvement to our wine list.’

We love when our wines are regularly selected by customers over those of competitors for value and quality.

We are proud when a great visiting winemaker compliments us on the professionalism of our team and the quality of our customers—‘You’re the best in Scotland and we’re delighted to be with you’.

We truly enjoy entertaining customers at tastings like our Epicurean Event at Gleneagles and listen to them say ‘That’s the best tasting I’ve ever been at’.

We like being described as quite unique in what we have to offer customers these days, with a personal service where they can lift a phone and speak straight to a Director about any requirement.

It is not without a great deal of attention to detail, hard work and dedication to our customers that we are known as
‘Scotland’s Most Reliable Wine Wholesaler.’





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our team Next »
SALES
Billy Bell
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Neil Renton
Sales Director, Sales East EDINBURGH & LOTHIANS
Graeme Broom
Sales Account Manager, Central Region STIRLING, FIFE, PERTHSHIRE
Malcolm Ogilvie
Sales Account Manager, North ABERDEEN, INVERNESS, THE HIGHLANDS
Ian Macphail
Sales Account Manager, Borders THE BORDERS, NORTHUMBERLAND & AYRSHIRE
Andrew Clarke
Sales Account Manager: Glasgow & the West
John G Harris
Sales Account Manager SPECIALIST ACCOUNT MANAGER
Tom Gilbey
FINE WINE SALES
ADMINISTRATION
Gordon White
ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR
Daniel Thain
CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER
Karen Lachlan
ORDER DEPARTMENT
Lindsay O’Donnell
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT
June Auld
ACCOUNTS
Tracey Gill
STOCK CONTROLLER
Billy Bell
Billy Bell
MANAGING DIRECTOR
t: 07730812153
e: billybell@wine-importers.net
 
Why did you join the wine trade?
I was born to be a wine man—I had a higly sensitive sense of smell (large nose) as a child and spent my holidays helping in my Aunt’s private hotel where I got to learn about the finer things of life including wine. My school –The Edinburgh Academy- added to this interest through science experiments in fermentation and afterwards on Joining Scottish and Newcastle Breweries I was assigned to their wine department-job done!

What is the best thing about being in the wine trade?
While working in the 80’s for the great old wine Company of Sichel I was lucky enough to do the master of Wine and was the first Scottish based Scot to pass the tasting. I met a lot of wine people then and enjoyed great tastings. I can remember an essay title ‘How to make a small fortune in the wine trade is to start with a large one’, but I can tell you along the way you will enjoy a great life and friendships.

Favourite Region / Grape Variety / Wine and Why?
All right I do the buying for the Company and can’t favour one supplier over another, but I can be neutral and enjoy Cockburns Vintage Reserve Claret which boxes above its weight for under £7.00

Random Fact?
In 2011 I went up Kilimanjaro in my kilt with the HIT Scotland charity and played my bagpipes on the summit, as part of staging the highest ever Burns group supper.

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Angus the Bull Antinori Antonij Rupert Wines Archerfield
Bollinger Bonny Doon Bouchard Pere et Fils BPR
Chapoutier Chateau Routas Chateau Ste Michelle Delas Freres
Domaine Jessiaume Duboeuf Fyne Ales Grahams
Guigal Heggies Hunters Jansz
Jim Barry Klein Constantia Lapostolle Marque en jaune
MASI Mezzacorona Moss Wood Nautilus
Norton Paternina Pewsey Vale Rizzardi
Running With Bulls Santa Rita Torbreck Torres
Valdemar Vasse Felix William Fevre Williams Humbert
Yalumba
     
our services
OUR SALES TEAM
‘INNOVATIVE, FORWARD THINKING, PERSONAL AND APPROACHABLE’

Wine Importers has been established as a leading independent wine supplier in the Scottish market for nearly 40 years. Collectively, we are proud to present to our growing customer base the most experienced and knowledgeable sales team in Scotland. All of our Sales managers are trained to WSET Level 3 or above.

As a business we have vast experience in supplying hotels, restaurants, conference centres, large sporting events, bars and cafes.

We are happy to advise on your wine selection and help you attain the correct margins from your list. We will also design and custom build your wine list through our in-house design service, all to your exact specifications, and naturally, we can also assist in the training and development of your staff.

If you are an existing customer or new to the trade, or looking for change, help or advice we have representatives in your area who are always at hand and they will be delighted to advise and help you. Our business commitment is to continually work with you to assist the development, and growth of your business.

Don’t hesitate to contact your local Sales Manager today to set up a ‘one-to-one’ client consultation.
OUR OFFICE TEAM
Our modern warehouse and administration hub is centrally located in Livingston on the M8, with access to the M9 & M90 within minutes.

18,000ft of storage space ensures we have plenty of room for our £1m worth of stock holding at any one time. This allows our fast turnaround of your orders from capture time to despatch within 24 hours.

Delivery is by our own fleet and drivers in the Central Belt, with weekly runs to Aberdeen in the North, and as far South as Northumberland, giving quality assurance and personal service to ensure you receive your order when you want it. Our coverage of the rest of Scotland is via bespoke local carriers.

Our well trained and experienced office staff are easily accessible to you for any advice, special requirements or queries that may arise.

We are service orientated with your needs at the forefront of our operations. We work to a simple agenda of having ‘The Right Stock in the Right Place at the Right Time’



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training
In the last 25 years there has been a veritable explosion in the number, styles and types of wines available in the Scottish market. The really wonderful aspect of this is that more and more people are drinking and wanting to know about wine. Gone are the dark days of wine being shrouded in mystery and the exclusive domain of an almost secret society. Wine is but the peasants punch and is for everyone.

To foster this inclusiveness Wine Importers embrace training as a cornerstone of their philosophy. All of the sales team can offer bespoke training whether it is for a bistro style operation to encourage the staff to have the confidence to talk to diners about their wine list or in the higher echelons of the industry where specific wine matches are required to compliment some of the subtle flavours gracing the finest of dining tables.

On a more formal basis Wine Importers is home to The Scottish Academy of Wines and Spirits where the various NVQ’s offered by The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) are available. These courses encourage staff in the hospitality industry to explore a career path in wine that could eventually lead to the WSET diploma, the Master of Wine or Master Sommelier!

Please contact Malcolm Ogilvie our head trainer for further information. Call 07734993609 or send an email.

WSET website
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WSET
what our customers say
Balmoral Hotel
EDINBURGH
Rogano
GLASGOW
Beetroot Restaurants Ltd
ABERDEEN
Hamilton and Kinneil Estates
HADDINGTON
Solley Hotels
FIFE
Kinloch Lodge Hotel
SKYE
Murrayfield Stadium
EDINBURGH
The But 'n' Ben
Arbroath
29 Royal Exchange Square
GLASGOW
House Group
ST. ANDREWS
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"Wine Importers has been supplying The Balmoral with wines and other types of drinks for over 12 years. The company has always provided products of quality and has demonstrated consistency, reliability and flexibility in the services they are offering. We would not hesitate to recommend Wine Importers as a supplier of choice."
 
Alexander Feij, Director of Food & Beverage
Balmoral Hotel
EDINBURGH
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charities
Our company is conscious that there are many good causes that require support, especially at functions with wine.Our resources are not limitless but we feel that we make a reasonable contribution to our nominated charities as part of our local Corporate Social Responsibility.
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get in touch
Wine Importers - Scotland
Thistle House, Caputhall Road,
Deans Industrial Estate,
Livingston, EH54 8AS
 
Tel: 01506 468 900
Fax: 01506 414 486
Email: orders@wine-importers.net
Web: www.wine-importers.net
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