- the connoisseur's guide to France
wine directly from estates all over France, for home delivery to UK and
Ordering wine straight from the producer, and having it delivered to
your doorstep in the UK or elsewhere in Europe is not as complicated as
many people would imagine. In fact, thanks to a recently
, it is relatively simple and cheap. Furthermore
long as the UK remains in some sort of free trade area with the EU - as
it currently is - consumers in the UK, just like those throughout the
EU, can buy their wines directly
from the producer
at vineyard rates.
Avenue des Vins
is not a
wine store; it is an online market-place allowing consumers to
buy directly from an ever-growing number of wine estates
across France. Over 3000 different references are currently
available, starting at under 5 €uros a bottle and going up
to a few wines that come in at over 100 €. The range of wines
available includes Bordeaux and Burgundies, Loire wines,
wines from Provence, and from all the main French wine regions.
There are almost 800 French Champagnes
and sparkling wines
to choose from, including some fine
Crémants or Mousseux with prices starting at below 8 € a bottle.
With wines delivered directly from the estate or winery,
sure to get products that have not hung around for months in transit or
on a supermarket shelf ; and when producers know that their products
are going direct to the customer, they tend to take particular care to
choose the best bottles - those that are likely to make you want to
come back again.
Next to actually visiting a wine estate, buying directly from the
producer at estate prices is almost as good as it gets.
Vineyards and producers
Check out the list
of vineyards and estates
on Avenue des vins. Click on the
name of any producer listed for information about the estate and
the wines produced.
Estates vary in size from small family domains such as Clos Sorian
, in the Languedoc,
with just 7 hectares, up to large wineries such as Les Caves de la Loire
bringing together a number of local winegrowers. Most of the
vineyards participating in Avenue des vins are however small
size family-run estates with less - often far less - than 50 hectares.
This goes for all types of wine, including for Champagnes,
château estates, and some young up and coming vineyards in developing
Delivery times and costs
Wines are shipped direct from the producer to your chosen address -
your own address or the address of someone you want to send them to.
Avenue des Vins quote a delivery time of within 72 hours throughout
most of Europe*. Bottles are dispatched using anti-breakage
Except for presentation packs and some expensive boxed wines for
special occasions, each reference needs to be ordered by case of six bottles.
for Europe including the UK are currently (late 2019) 19.90 € for one
case, 24.90 € for
two cases, and 29.90 for 3 cases. The rates apply per producer, so if
you order 3 cases from three different producers, delivery costs will
be 3 x 19.90 € (= 59.70 €), but if all three come from the same
producer the cost will be just 29.90 € ... which works out at just over
1.50 € per bottle.
Delivery is free
on orders worth over 250 € from a single source (i.e. such as 24
bottles of a wine at 11 €)
Of course, wines can also be delivered to addresses anywhere in France
too, and the delivery charge starts at 9.90 €.
* Throughout Europe: Note that deliveries are not possible to Ireland,
Sweden and Norway.