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These are fun, informative and informal tastings held in our very own tasting room and are geared towards how we drink and enjoy wine today.  You don't have to have a cellar or be a regular imbiber of 20-year-old claret, just an interest and appreciation of food, wine and flavours.


Egos and competitive natures come to the fore as The Vintner delivers these events with the perfect balance of education, coax and energy. It's the perfect solution for team building or breaking ice.  


The wine business has a reputation for snobbery. waffle. one upmanship... YAWN! 

We're on a crusade to dispel that notion. Wine is for everyone. It's a beautiful thing, not complicated, and its for drinking now!

The Vintner is a young independent wine merchant founded by Tom Gilbey, following a long line of Gilbeys working in the drinks trade. Based in Parsons Green, our aim is to demystify and guide you through the sometimes-confusing world of wine. We are very proud to supply wine to some of the best restaurants, corporate brands and catering companies in the UK. To keep life simple we list just 100 wines, great for drinking now. Each wine has been tasted against scores of others in its category, and represents the best quality and value that we could find – we would stake our reputation on each and every one of them. We love knowing exactly where our wines come from, who made them and the vast majority of them are exclusive to us.

All of our tastings are personal, informal and above all... fun.




Tom founded the company in 2010 and follows a long line of Gilbeys in the wine industry.  That doesn’t mean he’s stuffy though, it just means that he knows a thing or two about wine - it’s in the blood in fact.  

Tom’s been hosting all sorts of tastings for over 15 years showing all sorts of wines, from Petrus to plonk and keeping it fun along the way.





It's been over a decade since Nick joined the wine trade and his passion and wealth of experience makes him a great go-to for our private clients and Vault Club members.

An absolute expert in fine wines and in particular Italian... he'll ensure you'll be drinking the perfect Barolo at your next dinner party. 

His other passion is Monty, his beloved Basset hound who has won the hearts of us all since visiting The Vintner HQ.






Claire’s a lover of the finer things in life, wine being no exception.  Claire made a big career change to leave the whirlwind of the City for the even faster whirl wind of the wine trade.  

She’s a huge fan of Italy and loves making brilliant food and wine matches - particularly in great restaurants!