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Our Heritage

Grand Vin Wine Merchants UK (formerly BWI) is a UK wine merchant, established in 1998 by Bordeaux expert Andy Lench. Andy‘s talent for spotting great wine at good prices allowed him to develop Bordeaux Wine Locators, an enormously successful business importing wines from Bordeaux and other classic regions into the USA.

Andy founded GVWM UK as a UK-based sister company to Bordeaux Wine Locators. GVWM UK was set up to offer wine opportunities for private clients who seek to buy, collect, consume and generally invest in fine Bordeaux wine, as well as other fine wines from around the world.

In 2007 Andy realised his dream to set down deeper roots in Bordeaux, with the purchase of Château Carignan, in the Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux. This historic Château is both a beautiful base for visiting GVWM staff and clients, and also the producer of over performing red and white Bordeaux.

In 2011 Andy and his family established a retail operation in Olympia, Washington, under the name Grand Vin Wine Merchants. This growing company is enjoying continued success, combining the importing strengths of Bordeaux Wine Locators with a team of wine professionals and hospitality specialists whose collective experience is several decades old and spans the breadth of professions in the world of fine wine.

In October 2011, following continued growth in fine wine sales to the Far East, GVWM Hong Kong (formerly BWI Hong Kong) was established. After a successful first year of trading the Hong Kong team expanded its operational team to meet growing demand.

In August of 2014 BWI UK and BWI Hong Kong announced a transition to begin trading under the Grand Vin Wine Merchants UK and Grand Vin Wine Merchants HK names in order to enhance the global presence of GVWM US. The objective is to deliver greater choice, options and fine wines to clients served by all branches of Grand Vin Wine Merchants, with the enhanced resources of the combined group supporting our activities from offices on three continents.

Grand Vin Wine Merchants US, UK, and HK are extremely excited about this development and will endeavor to bring you only the best of product and client service.