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.

It was also good for the community and helped us compete with supermarket offerings. We were one of the first to introduce smaller, independent producers who offer unique and interesting wines with real provenance. Many are certified organic, vegan and sustainable with natural, biodynamic wines featuring heavily – all of which underpins our ethos about the factors which create 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 recently invested in a new bottling and kegging facility in Greenwich Peninsula, allowing us to go full circle 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

ReturnBottle

Bringing back the bottle return scheme.
A COMMERCIALLY VIABLE, REUSABLE, CORK SEALED WINE BOTTLE. 

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 ReturnBottle 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. 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 deposit on the bottle.

  • In order to create an “in mass” effect we worked out that our partners needed to stock no less than 6 wines, ideally 10.
  • 50p deposit incentive for return of empties.
  • Delivery by experienced couriers anywhere in the U.K., straight from our Depot to you in easily Stackable recycled plastic crates.
  • Weekly collection and drop off saving you from waste disposal and hassle.
  • Crates can be stack like Lego and therefore take up minimum space L40cm x W30cm x H33cm.

  • Save on recycling costs: no more packaging.
  • Green credentials: bottle can be reused up to 30 times before being recycled.
  • Fantastic VFM with great wines from sustainable winemakers.
  • Great margins.
  • Reinforcing a sense of community.
  • Transparency of provenance.
  • Feel good factor.

VINOTAP™

The Zero waste alternative to bag in box –
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Introducing the Zero waste alternative to bag in box.

Compact stainless steel 10L little brother to our 25L refill keg system offers a more flexible, lower cost wine-on-tap solution: VinoTap™.

It keeps your wine fresh and ready to pour by glass or by refill bottle. There’s no cardboard or plastic inner to dispose of, saving you from the admin and cost of recycling collection services, and it arrives at your outlet ready to pour; no fussy set up, no mess, no waste. 

When you’re running low we collect, clean and replace with your choice of wine from our sustainably focused Zero Waste range, so your customers can be sure that your commitment to wine sustainability extends all the way from grape to their glass.

No electricity required, works with mixed gas.


  • No installation costs
  • Better environmentally
  • Better environmentally – As the Refill kegs are reused again and again, less packaging and reduced transport requirements also results in a significantly smaller carbon footprint. 
  • Better margins – Wine on tap can increase your GP, without increasing the cost to your customers -Savings we make on our bulk buying are reflected in our prices, resulting in better wines being o ered at very competitive rates. 
  • Better convenience – No corks, caps or half-empty bottles; pour just the wine you need, quickly and at the correct temperature. Faster serves mean you can pour more and keep your thirsty customers happy with less time and wine wasted. Perfect for high volume venues & events as well as smaller services with a more versatile, flexible o ering. 
  • Save on fridge and storage space.
  • Reduce waste – No more profits being poured down the drain! Let wine waste be a thing of the past. With so much time, e ort and resources channeled into the making of wine we must do all we can to enjoy every last drop. The Refill keg ensures you can maximise all profit from your wine spend 
  • Consistent quality – Due to our strict kegging protocols and quality control systems our wines arrive to you in perfect condition. Our kegs also keep the wines fresh at all times, no oxidation, no cork taint and no flat fizz. More taste, less waste! 
  • SIMPLIFIED LOGISTICS- Fast wine delivery & empty kegs collection service saving you thousands of pounds in recycling every year. 
  • SUPPORT & COLLABORATION- Help with marketing and building a social partnership. 
  • Wide selection – 25 wines available with our selection constantly growing
  • 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 o er unique and interesting wines which means your customer gets to try wines with 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., setting up our refill station in Borough Market in 2002. Since then we have installed our kegs in bars, restaurants and events spaces across the country, providing outlets with the only 100% refillable keg available in the U.K.

  • Better Environmentally — with each of our 25 Litre Refill kegs equivalent to 33.3 bottles, 17kg of glass is saved from being produced and disposed of. As the Refill kegs are reused again and again, less packaging and reduced transport requirements also results in a significantly smaller carbon footprint. 
  • Better margins — Wine on tap can increase your GP, without increasing the cost to your customers. Savings we make on our bulk buying are reflected in our prices, resulting in better wines being ordered at very competitive rates. 
  • Better convenience — No corks, caps or half–empty bottles; pour just the wine you need, quickly and at the correct temperature. Faster serves mean you can pour more and keep your thirsty customers happy with less time and wine wasted. Perfect for high volume venues & events as well as smaller services with a more versatile, flexible ordering. 
  • Save on fridge and storage space
  • Reduce waste — No more profits being poured down the drain! Let wine waste be a thing of the past. With so much time, effort and resources channelled into the making of wine we must do all we can to enjoy every last drop. The Refill keg ensures you can maximise all profit from your wine spend 
  • Consistent quality — Due to our strict kegging protocols and quality control systems our wines arrive to you in perfect condition. Our kegs also keep the wines fresh at all times, no oxidation, no cork taint and no flat fizz. More taste, less waste!
 
  • 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 & 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. 
  • SUPPORT & COLLABORATION — Help with marketing and building a social partnership. 
  • WIDE SELECTION — 25 wines available with our selection constantly growing.
  • 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 o er unique and interesting wines which means your customer gets to try wines with real provenance. 
What it looks like
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Rebottling
First Class Samples Service.

This year has brought all kinds of challenges and opportunities to the drinks industry, and at SustainableWineSolutions we have been working hard to develop a superior process to ensure that your wine stays in perfect condition for up to 12 months.

Following investment we are now able to re–bottle and send out samples in 50ml and 100ml glass tubes.

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 for you. 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.

  • In-house expertise and state of the art rebottling and analysis equipment.
  • Rebottling in tube of any still beverage samples (minimum of 6 products).
  • Rebottling under anaerobic, protective conditions using nitrogen blanketing to ensure your wine stays in perfect condition for weeks rather than days. 
  • Optional wine analysis including fault and stability assessment and any necessary sulphite adjustment can ensure freshness for several months. 
  • Our sampling operation is run by Jonathan Bessard and Jamie Augustyn at our facility in North Greenwich. Both bring significant experience with bottling fine wine and delivering sampling services; read about them here.
  • Simply send us the product you want ‘rebottled’ together with postal addresses to be sent to and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Provided in packages of 6 x 100 ml and 6 x 50 ml screw cap sealed glass tubes.
  • Bespoke labelling.
  • Protective packaging to minimise risk of damage in transit.
  • Hermes tracked & signed for delivery within the U.K. 
  • DHL International delivery available.
  • Saves you from the cost of sending a multitude of full sized bottles from your stock.
  • Attentive, quality focused customer service.
  • Reach customers wherever they are in the world.
  • Peace of mind that tasting can go ahead, without the threat of a cancellation of a live event.
  • 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 want to drive towards a circular economy, making businesses and our society more self-sufficient, 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

PROMOTE REGIONAL HUBS

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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Anson Reed

Our Head of Operations Anson Read knows how to run the show; previously operations director at Prêt à Manger and more recently Wasabi, his wealth of experience managing multiple sites in the hospitality sector keeps everything ticking along.

 

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Jonathan Bessard

Operations Manager Jonathan’s Bessard’s expertise has helped us develop our unique wine sampling service. His keen technical knowledge and experience with fine wine ensures our wine flows into keg and bottle in perfect condition.

 

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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.