It’s not complicated. Wine is one of life’s great pleasures!
You can choose to delve deeply into the world of wine if you want to – and it’s fascinating. But the good news is you don’t have to, you can just grab a bottle from our shelves and go.
Is it really that simple? Yes! For two reasons.
Firstly, we have a great selection of high-quality wines from all the world’s main wine-producing areas (and quite a few of its small, obscure areas.) These wines come in every style, and at prices to suit every budget – from a modest mid-week bottle to a high-end treat for a gift or a special occasion.
Secondly, we have a long-standing passion for wine, and have spent years learning about the people who make it, the places it comes from, the flavours and aromas that make it so inviting. We’re a long way from any vineyards, but take every opportunity we can to visit wine producing countries. Recent years have seen trips to New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Portugal, north and central Italy, and most of the main French areas. It’s a tough job! But it means we can select wines, and talk about them, with real first-hand knowledge.
We also organise the UK’s only week-long wine festival, where international wine makers come to Orkney to talk about their vines, their wines and their own stories. It’s very educational…and great fun. You can read all about it on the Orkney Wine Festival page.
We usually have about 400 wines on our shelves at any one time. These a mixture of old favourites that we’ve been selling for ten years or more, and exciting new bottles we’re trying out for the first time: if you like them, they’ll stay, if you don’t. we’ll try something else! In addition, in our stores we have another 200 or so wines that we supply to leading local restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. (We’re previous winners of the Restaurant magazine’s ‘UK Restaurant Wine Supplier of the Year’ award.)
With such large numbers of wines, and especially with the ever-changing selection, you’ll understand if we don’t list all our lines here. Instead, here’s a snapshot of some of our current favourites: