Lanchester Wine Cellars Limited / Greencroft Bottling Company

Greencroft Estate, DH9 7XP Stanley, County Durham
United Kingdom

Telephone +44 1207 521234
Fax +44 1207 529101
sales@lanchesterwines.co.uk

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 9 / C61
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ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 9): stand C61

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Contact

Barney Davis

Head of Commercial Operations

Phone
+44 (0)1207 52 1234

Email
sales@lanchesterwines.co.uk

Mark Roberts

Head of Sales

Phone
+44 (0)1207 52 1234

Email
sales@lanchesterwines.co.uk

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.04  SOUTH AMERICA
  • 01.04.08  Other South American countries

Other South American countries

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Dec 20, 2016

Lanchester Wines Acquires Majority Share in The Wine Fusion

Lanchester Wines has acquired a majority share in London-based wine production and agency house, The Wine Fusion, for an undisclosed sum.

As well as continuing to run the Wine Fusion from its offices in Borough, South-East London, its founders and directors, Chris Smith and Andrew Porton, will retain 40% of the business’ share capital.

Chris and Andrew will now work closely with Lanchester Wines’ senior team, in particular Mark Roberts, Head of Sales, and Barney Davis, Head of Commercial Operations. Chris brings his experience in senior roles at Oddbins, Negociants, Champagne Lanson and Orbital Wines, while, Andrew, whose most recent role was Creative Director of Virgin Wines, brings extensive wine marketing expertise.

Tony Cleary, Managing Director of Lanchester Wines:
“Both Lanchester Wines and The Wine Fusion are strong businesses in their own right. We both have our strengths which offer a complementary service to each of our customers. We see particular benefit in utilising both Chris and Andrew’s flair and creativity in developing on-trend wine offerings, which will be of particular relevance for our Vintrigue boutique wine agency. As a group, this enables us to get ahead of the curve and offer more relevant wines than ever before.”

“We’ve looked closely at what we need to grow as a business and over the last 24 months have invested in people, property and renewable power generation. Our investment in The Wine Fusion is the latest phase of our ambitious growth strategy and provides us with a sound platform to develop the business into the future.”

The Lanchester group of companies remains privately owned by the Cleary family. Veronica Cleary is director of the group:
“We see clear synergies between Lanchester Wines and The Wine Fusion. We’ve worked closely with Andrew and Chris for some time and are impressed at the quality and style of the wines they produce.”

“With an eye to the future and evolution of our group of companies, this acquisition is very much a natural move, allowing us both to extend our networks within the global wine sector. We see this as an exciting time for our business and, indeed, the UK wine market.”

Chris Smith, Managing Director of The Wine Fusion, adds:
“We’ve been on a long journey together – two parallel, independently-owned businesses working side-by-side. We have ambitious plans for the future and see this as a fantastic way of realising them. Tony, Andrew and I have a shared vision: a desire to do the very best job and provide our customers with the finest wines possible at their price point.”

Andrew Porton, Director of The Wine Fusion, is enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead:
“This is a perfect pairing which brings only positives. While we will become part of a wider group of companies, we will continue to operate with an independent identity, which is very important to both Chris and I. It’s very much business as usual at The Wine Fusion, but with more opportunity and greater resource at our fingertips. I’m looking forward to getting started!”
 

The Wine Fusion was founded in 2008 by directors Chris Smith and Andrew Porton. It has carved a successful path as a boutique agency house and creator of niche-driven, award-winning exclusive wines to some of the biggest names in mail order, wholesale and retail. It won the coveted IWC ‘Best White Wine Under £6’ trophy for its work on Freemans Bay, and its agency portfolio includes St John’s Road, Hesketh and Parker Coonawarra Estate.

Lanchester Wine Cellars, trading as Lanchester Wines, was established in 1980 by Tony and Veronica Cleary. It is committed to sourcing the best wines from all over the world and has become one of the UK’s largest importer and wholesaler of wine and bulk wine from across the world. The company has invested heavily in renewable energy technology at its County Durham headquarters to minimise its impact on the environment and reduce the carbon footprint of its products.

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About us

Company details

Lanchester Wines
Greencroft Bottling Company

Welcome to Lanchester Wines and Greencroft Bottling Company. 

  • Lanchester Wines is  a family-owned UK-based wine importer, shipper and Class A bonded warehouse keeper. We also facilitate the wholesale of wine, beer, spirits and other alcoholic drinks to major customers.  We’re committed to sourcing the best wines from all over the world, supplying our customers with exceptional products and service to match (www.lanchesterwines.co.uk) 
  • Greencroft Bottling is one of the largest contract wine bottlers in the UK, working with some of the world’s leading wine companies. It is one of the only facilities to be BRC Grade AA+ rated.  We have recently invested £3million into our filling lines and labellers, and can now fill up to 90,000 bottles and boxes of wine per hour. Our high-tech production lines enable us to pack a range of products in a variety of packaging including 187ml single serve, 250ml, 50cl, 70cl, 75cl and litres in glass and PET. We also have the UK's only wine-specific TetraPak filling line (www.greencroftbottling.com)  
  • McPherson Wine Company. Joining both companies at ProWein 2017 is the family-owned McPherson Wine Company from Central Victoria, Australia. Over the years the company has strived to maintain the high standard of quality wine it has become renowned for and aimed to consistently over deliver at every price point (www.mcphersonwines.com.au)

Lanchester Wines and Greencroft Bottling are sister businesses under common ownership but which operate automously. Sustainability is important to our business and our site in England is predominantly powered by renewable wind energy, generated by our three on-site wind turbine.

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Company data

Number of employees

100-499

Foundation

1980