Trend: Traditional wine retail is dying?

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Vagabond Wines

Interesting news from the UK.  Speaking to the drinks business, Stephen Finch, owner of London’s award-winning independent Vagbond Wines said: “The traditional” model of wine retail involving bottles on shelves is dying and being replaced by a more engaging, interactive experience.  Have not seen this play out as much in the States yet but it sounds possible.

Check out more of the UK’s most innovative wine retailers below.

Other innovative wine merchants in the UK include Loki (Birmingham), Bottle Apostle (London) and Hanging Ditch (Manchester). All offer a much more engaging and adventurous option. Whether it’s on-site eating and drinking, bottle refills or clever tastings, they are giving customers a reason to come in and stay longer.

In keeping with this trend, London wine merchant Borough Wines will open a new hybrid shop selling wine, beer and books in Hastings later this summer.  Starting life as a stall in Borough Market in 2002, Borough Wines now has sites in Hackney, Dalston, Stoke Newington, Kensal Rise, and Clerkenwell.

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Enomatic machines are a key feature at Vagabond

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Loki wines

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Bottle Apostle

E1C17B Actor Sam Neill leads a wine tasting evening at Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants , Manchester.

Actor Sam Neill leads a wine tasting evening at Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants , Manchester.

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Borough Wine

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Sebastian Roach, manager of Borough Wines in Hackney, pouring wine from a barrel

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