Laithwaite’s Wine turns 49 today …

Next year is the Big Birthday, but today 9th September it’s somehow 49 years since I returned from my time in Bordeaux with a case of half-bottle samples of the wine from the Cave Co-operative where I had been working all year on the bottling line. Can’t start much closer to the bottom than that!

I had brought back wines before and may Dad and his friends seemed to like them so I was hopeful that after a ‘tasting in the comfort of your home’ people would sign up for a case. It didn’t look too promising but after a while I did sell one case.  More eventually followed, but very slowly.  Then things went better and faster. Then faster and faster.

I think I was lucky to start when I did. The Seventies were very busy times, the Eighties busier and after that it’s all a bit of a blur as I tried to keep up with Britain’s sudden passion for wine. 

So it’s not been easy writing the story of my little wine venture. But I have now done it and a good editor is trying to get it to make sense. Out next year, the story of Laithwaite’s Fifty Years. Just have to think of a title …



About Laithwaites Wine

Laithwaite's began in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux... and fell in love with real wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share these delicious wines with friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that boutique wineries were soon queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from... including red, white and rosé, plus Champagne and sparkling, beer and cider.

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