We are an independent wine merchant with over a decade-long history of sourcing, selling and delivering delicious wines from around the world. My team are formed from a bunch of like-minded individuals, who all love tasting, drinking (there is a difference!) and talking about wine.
Here’s the “clicks” to our “bricks” but if you’d prefer to chat about wine, just call us at one of the shops.
I hope you love the wines you order and that we’ll see you at one of our events soon.
I set up The Vineking in 2003 from the proverbial kitchen table, having worked for a series of great but more traditional merchants, I wanted to do something different. The idea was to provide a more specialist retail offering, with the knowledge that there were customers out there who wanted delicious, rather than industrial wines. From the very outset, The Vineking motto has been “great wines, no nonsense” and this concept has been our guiding light.
Over the years I have managed to persuade many other like-minded souls to The Vineking Banner and having the right people is key. We might appear to be a little haphazard in our recruiting style (read on!) but it sure seems to have worked so far and my thanks go to all those who have joined me in the past too, as each one has helped make The Vineking, what it is today.
The joy of wine is an ever-changing subject, so join us and hop on board for a great vinous journey!
I joined the Vineking in late 2012, coming from a background in hospitality where I looked after weddings, events and restaurants etc. The funny thing was, I only popped into The Vineking, to pick up a couple of cigars to toast my cousin’s first child and twenty minutes later, I left with a job. I maintain, it is Erik’s greatest upsell!
So, seizing upon my previous hospitality experience, I quickly became involved in setting up and running Reigate’s Pop-Up Restaurants, whilst also taking on the role as no.2 in Reigate’s Church Street shop. Soon, convinced I might know what I was doing, I was left to run the store as manager and it’s all worked out pretty well!
Please contact me for any event management needs you might have, from the simplest “how much booze do I need” to us even running the whole event for you. We can look after anything from a perfect private dinner or an entire wedding.