Who We Are
We began our journey at Borough Market in 2002 with our straight from the barrel, I WILL REFILL wine on tap concept. Our business was good for the environment and highly accessible for customers.

We were one of the first to champion smaller, independent producers for the U.K. market, offering unique and interesting wines with real provenance. Many are certified organic and vegan, with ‘natural’ and biodynamic wines featuring heavily. All of these approaches are underpinned by a real commitment to sustainability, which we believe is the key factor in determining what makes great wine.

Since then a lot of wine has flowed under the bridge, and we have continued to be at the forefront of change in the drinks industry. Always looking to innovate, we have devised SustainableWineSolutions as the go to service provider for the trade’s sustainable wine needs. We invested in a new bottling and kegging facility in Greenwich Peninsula, allowing us to go full circle in the bottling process and fully embrace the circular economy. 

We have also invested in people, bringing in experts in the bottling process and operations to ensure watertight quality control every step of the way. By leveraging the benefits of big scale technology on a boutique scale we are able to improve all aspects of supply, covering margins, quality, service and choice.

Zero Waste Solutions

Bottle Return

Bringing back the bottle return scheme.
MAKING THE BOTTLE PART OF THE SOLUTION: 
THE REUSABLE, RESEALABLE WINE BOTTLE

  • We have always believed that the bottle needs to be part of the solution. So when Damien Barton of the Bordeaux Barton-Sartorius wine dynasty came to us with an idea for a bottle deposit scheme, we didn’t think twice.
  • Flexibility, cost effectiveness and a genuine commitment to sustainability are our key priorities with this initiative; the more partners we have, the more of a difference we can make and deliver the practical benefits of bigger scale production on a boutique level. 
  • Let’s see how many bottles we can save together!

  • Our Bottle Return scheme enables you to supply the traditional 750ml glass bottles with a sustainable twist: each bottle is designed so it can be returned, sterilised and reused with our Zero Waste Wine range. Our stringent quality control process to ensure every bottle is in perfect condition before it’s put back into use. 
  • Whilst the bottles and labelling are 100% recyclable, our aim is to slowly increase the proportion of bottles returned until 9/10 bottles sold in the off–trade and 6/10 sold in on–trade make it back to us for reuse.
  • Customers are encouraged to bring back the bottle through the introduction of a 50p per bottle refundable deposit.
  • Minimum order of 6 wines.
  • 50p deposit incentive for return of empties: deductible from next purchase from the range.
  • Direct delivery from our North Greenwich depot anywhere in the U.K.
  • Delivered in easily stackable recycled plastic crates.
  • Weekly collection and drop off reduces hassle and expense of waste disposal.
  • No more packaging saves recycling costs.
  • Improve your green credentials; we estimate that each bottle can be reused around to 30 times before needing to be recycled.
  • Fantastic value for money with great wines from sustainable winemakers.
  • Reinforces a sense of community from returning customers.

VINOTAP™

The Zero waste alternative to bag in box –
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  • A compact, stainless steel 10L little brother to our 25L refill keg system. VinoTap™ offers a flexible, ready to pour wine-on-tap solution with no set up costs. 
  1. Plug and go: plug the taps and gas cable as shown on diagram.
  2. Connect a bottle of mixed gas to the gas regulator supplied.
  3. You are ready to pour!
  4. When the Vinotap™ is empty remove the tap and it will be collected with your next delivery.
  • Ideal for smaller bars, restaurants and shops, popups and mobile units.
  • No installation or set up costs.
  • Each 10 L VinoTap™ is equivalent to 13.3 bottles, saving around 6kg of glass from being produced and disposed of. 
  • Less packaging and reduced transport requirements results in a smaller carbon footprint. 
  • Improved convenience, with no no corks, caps or half-empty bottles. Deliver quick, precise pours of just the wine you need, with no oxidisation or cork taint. 
  • We import wines in bulk and keg them ourselves, so a higher proportion of your spend is on the wine itself, not glass, labels, boxes and transport. Our wine makers tend to be smaller, independent producers that offer unique and interesting wines, providing your customer with wines of real provenance.

WINE ON TAP

The U.K.’s only 100% reusable kegs. Say no to plastic kegs!

  • We were the first to introduce Wine on Tap to the U.K. We have installed our kegs in bars, restaurants and events spaces across the country. In 2018 we began using EcoFass keys, enabling us to provide outlets with the only 100% reusable keg available in the U.K.

  • We’ll come and survey your venue and recommend the best options.
  • You choose the wines.
  • 1 – 3 weeks between the moment you contact us to the moment you serve your first glass.
  • We collect your empty kegs when we deliver your next order.
  • The first glass is on us!
  • Better quality:
    • Stay fresh longer with no oxidation or cork taint.
  • Better convenience: 
    • Perfect pour everytime.
    • Speed of service.
    • Save on fridge space.
  • Better for your wallet:
    • Save on recycling cost.
    • No more wine poured down the drain.
    • Better margins.
  • Better for the planet!
    • Less packaging and reduced transport requirements results in a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Better quality:
    • We import wines in bulk and keg them ourselves, so a higher proportion of your spend is on the wine itself, not glass, labels, boxes and transport. Our wine makers tend to be smaller, independent producers that offer unique and interesting wines, providing your customer with wines of real provenance.
  • Say no to single use plastic kegs:
    • We are the only supplier of wine on tap using refillable kegs, the most sustainable solution to serving wine on tap compared to other keg options. 
  • Our expertise and experience:
    • With our in house cellar team we can take care of installation, equipment and maintenance services – be that full bar installation to an all–in–one mobile dispensing unit. 
  • Simplified logistics:
    • Fast wine delivery & empty kegs collection service saving you thousands of pounds in recycling every year. 
  • Wide selection:
    • 25 wines from our Zero Waste range available with our selection constantly growing.
What it looks like
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Rebottling
First Class Samples Service.

SustainableWineSolutions have developed an efficient solution for presenting your wines to a remote audience, maintaining the superior quality of your product whilst streamlining costs and logistics. 

We ‘rebottle’ any still beverage product under winery standard protective conditions into our innovative 50ml and 100ml screw-cap sealed glass tubes, ensuring your sample reaches your customer exactly as the winemaker intended, with a significantly extended tasting window. Deliver the quality of a full bottle with the convenience and efficiency of individual samples. 

Whether you’re an educator wanting to run online tastings, masterclasses or WSET and CMS courses or a business wanting to deliver product launches, press samplings or host your own online tasting, we have the solution. Simplify transport, delivery, packaging and get the most use out of your product, enabling you to expand your network and stay connected to existing customers

  • Rebottling in 50ml or 100ml tubes of any still beverage samples (minimum of 6 products).
  • Anaerobic, protective conditions using nitrogen blanketing ensure your product stays in perfect condition for weeks rather than days.
  • Wine analysis including fault and stability assessment and any necessary sulphite adjustment can ensure freshness for up to a year.
  • Packages of 6 x 50ml and 6 x 100ml screw cap sealed glass tubes with bespoke labelling.
  • Tracked & signed for delivery within the U.K. and internationally.
  • No need to send a multitude of full sized bottles from stock.
  • Reach customers wherever they are in the world.
  • Peace of mind that tasting can go ahead, without the threat of cancellation.
  • Prioritise safety and wellbeing of your staff and customers by catering for at home tastings.
  • Reduce travel, transport, set up and labour costs associated with in person tastings.
Our Manifesto
RECYCLING DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH. WE BELIEVE IN WORKING TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY: MAKING BUSINESSES AND OUR SOCIETY MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT BY DRIVING DOWN WASTE AND OUR CONSUMPTION OF FINITE RESOURCES. TOGETHER, LET’S REDUCE OUR USE OF PACKAGING, REUSE OUR BOTTLES AND KEGS AND RECYCLE AS A LAST RESORT.

Respect For Growers

Respect For Grapes

SUSTAINABLE, SENSIBLE INTERVENTION

MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF TRANSPORTATION

PROVIDE SUSTAINABLE WINE SOLUTIONS

PROMOTE THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

REDUCE, REUSE AND ONLY THEN RECYCLE

DON’T PUSH RESPONSIBILITY ONTO THE CONSUMER

PROMOTE SKILLED WORK OPPORTUNITIES

HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

Our Team
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Muriel Chatel

The founder of Borough Wines, from a family of winemakers in Bergerac, Muriel led the way for wine refill in the U.K. with her ‘Straight from the Barrel’ concept at Borough Market in 2002. Over 18 years of experience and dedication to the concepts of refill, reuse and reduce has taught her a few things about running a sustainably focused business.

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Gavin Brooks

An experienced hospitality and retail professional, Gavin’s work has encompassed a vast range of sectors: from neighbourhood retailers and producers to Blue Chip market leaders. His key goal as Chief Operating Officer at Borough Wines is to cement our market position as the UK’s most sustainable wine wholesaler, all whilst keeping wine flowing smoothly to our customer base.

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Catherine Stuart

Catherine is mainly found squirreling away on the Borough Wines socials and managing the Somm.Sessions – our live online wine tastings for public, private & corporate customers. Her background is in digital marketing and events for startups & big FMCG brands. A career break in conservation cemented a passion to work towards a world with less waste.

 

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Corinna Pyke

With over 30 years’ experience spanning music, arts, regeneration and, most recently, food & drink, Marketing & Partnerships Director Corinna Pyke was instrumental in transforming Borough Wines into the renowned and well loved brand it is today, and has been passionately driving sustainability to the heart of everything they do.

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Natacha Jaume

Previously an Architect and environmental engineer passionate about organic wine and its viticulture, Natacha embarked on a wine and food pairing journey with Borough Wines a decade ago. Taking the pulse of the wine industry and its relationship with the planet became the crucial drive in Natacha’s work, putting sustainability at the forefront of BW’s projects in her role as Sustainability Manager.

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Elizabeth Sprake

Elizabeth’s passion for wine led her from a career in music P.R. to Borough Wines, creating content and helping shape marketing strategy alongside her WSET Diploma and Plumpton College Wine Business studies.  

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Erica Marrone

After a few years in the UK working in wine and spirits distribution, Erica returned to her homeland of Italy to study a Master’s degree in Wine Marketing and Export. She’s also perfectly placed for her role researching sustainable wine collaborations with wineries to include in Borough Wine’s Zero Waste Wine portfolio.  

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Ana Suárez

An Uruguayan expat, Ana came to London to study for the WSET Diploma. She brings a lifelong love of gastronomy and wine to her role as Borough Wines Account Manager.  

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Jamie Augustyn

Production Manager at our new bottling facility, Jamie Augustyn brings expertise honed at top English sparkling wine producer Hattingley Valley.

 

 

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Damien Barton

Damien is the 10th generation of the Barton Bordeaux wine dynasty responsible for Château Leoville-Barton and Château Mauvesin Barton. Impressed by our sustainability credentials, he approached Borough Wines with the idea for our most ambitious sustainability commitment yet; the ReturnBottle scheme.

Our Wines
We source top quality wines from sustainable winemakers around the world, transporting it in bulk and delivering it to customers in our three sustainable formats to minimise environmental impact.

Our entire bottling process is managed in–house for ultimate quality control, with our Kegs,  VinoTap™, ReturnBottles all filled at our specialised London facility. 

With a strong focus on organic, vegan and biodynamic wines, every winemaker we work with is committed to reducing their waste output and practicing the least impactful grape growing and winemaking techniques. We have launched this range with 20 core wines, which will grow as we discover new producers who align with our values, quality criteria and market demand.

Our Wine List

Download the SustainableWineSolutions wine list.
Who We Work With
Karl Franz
Sensible Wine Services

The tubes and the packaging look great and the freshness and longevity of the samples separate this process from all competitors. The service and reactivity of Borough Wines has been extremely helpful in what has been an impressive uptake from our clients. They have helped us develop and fill a gap in the market with an extremely premium product at a competitive price. Jonathan and the team at Borough Wines have been a joy to work with and we look forward to developing this partnership in the future.

Sarah Ley
Tower Theatre

18 months ago we chose Borough Wines as our supplier for the bar in our new theatre in Stoke Newington. Our aim was to supply a top notch range of wines with the minimum of waste and recycling. Job done! No piled-up cases of wines taking up storage space, No huge bags of noisy clanking empty bottles and great feedback from our customers. What’s not to like?

Inga Zubaviciute
Royal Lancaster London

We started working with Borough Wines for their innovative approach as we were looking for a partner for our sustainable restaurant Island Grill. Wines on tap is still the most sustainable solution in the market – and our best seller on the menu! Our guests love the wine and quality of it, we love knowing every biodegradable wine bag saves 32 glass bottles. Borough Wines supported us along the way and continue to do so.

Becka Whiteley
Shambala

Sustainability is built into Shambala’s DNA and it’s incredibly important to us to reduce waste and emissions wherever possible. This is why we were very excited to start working with Borough Wine Imports last year, who offer the most sustainable solution currently possible to wine sourcing. The wine is shipped in tanks from Europe which circumvents the bottling process – saving a huge amount of energy! Once it gets to the UK, it’s transferred into reusable kegs and then dispensed through taps into our reusable festival cups. It’s a total win win, and a perfect match with our values as an organisation.

Jim Gore
Global Wine Academy

I have been using the rebottling service provided by Borough Wines since the beginning of lockdown and we have been able to not only retain our wine tasting students but to gain further ones across Europe and Asia. The test tubes are perfectly sized and easy to use and transport and look pretty cool too! The service has been a lifeline to me and my students over 2020.