Our Story

Wine is all about people. We are a company run by wine people. Our mission is to introduce you to the people who craft this wonderful drink with care, attention and passion. By doing so, we want to foster connections, share enjoyment and encourage enthusiasm.

We bring you the full, kaleidoscopic picture of vineyards, places and people. In our seasonal world, we’ll bring you what’s good on the day, and point you to the right wines for the season’s flavours.

We know that great wine experiences are personal, so we’ll always put you, the wine drinker first. Allow us to listen and learn, and we’ll make sure that you get the right wine, for the right reason.

A little history

"Great Western Wine" was founded in 1983 by Philip Addis, primarily to sell wines to the local Bath on trade, before enquiries from his friends encouraged the opening of a shop selling the small wine producers imported, alongside increasingly bigger and more international wineries.

Following positive growth, both Fine Wine and Private Customer teams developed, consolidating a strong and loyal customer base across the South West and beyond. The sale of Great Western Wine in 2010 to Enotria Winecellars (later Enotria&Coe) saw Great Western Wine become a 100% business-to-consumer retailer.

In June 2020, we renamed ourselves The Great Wine Co. to reflect how we have grown beyond our traditional West Country base. Although Bath is our home, we sell more wine online than any other way, with customers up and down the UK.

This new name emphasises our greatest asset: the wineries that we represent all around the world. Our core brand values remain rooted in the quality of our portfolio of wines; in celebrating the personalities that sit behind them; and in reflecting everyone's individual tastes to recommend the right wine for each customer.

A view of the inside of the Great Wine Co. shop in Bath