Berry Bros. & Rudd
|Founder||The Widow Bourne (the current Chairman is Simon Berry)|
|Services||wines, spirits, corporate hospitality, private dining, wine storage, wholesale|
Berry Bros. & Rudd is a wine and spirits merchant based in the United Kingdom. The company sells wine from around the world, including en primeur wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Italy. The company also sells a number of wines and spirits under its own label. Other services it offers include wine storage, wine tastings and wine schools. Berry Bros. & Rudd is the only company to have eight Masters of Wine in its ranks.
Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchants: in 1698 it opened its doors for the first time at 3 St. James's Street, London, and today it continues to trade from the same premises, which is a Grade II* listed building. The company has a discounted store in Basingstoke, Hampshire and offices in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Founded by the widow Bourne, the company has supplied the Royal Family since the reign of King George III. Berry Bros. & Rudd was his wine supplier then. First they sold coffee, and then cocoa, tea, snuff, spices, anything that was considered exotic and new, and became one of London's premier grocers. Its proximity to St. James's Palace and its fashionable location also helped popularity.
A first Royal Warrant of Appointment was granted in 1903 by King Edward VII. Queen Elizabeth II granted her royal warrant in 1995, Charles, Prince of Wales granted his in 1998. Customers have included Lord Byron, William Pitt the Younger and the Aga Khan.
In January 2005, Simon Berry, who joined the family firm in 1977, became chairman.
In spring 2014, Berry Bros. & Rudd relaunched its warehouse shop in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Located on the site of the former bottling hall, the shop now sells bin-end and reduced price wines and spirits alongside a fine wine collection.
Berrys' Broking Exchange (BBX)
Berry Bros. & Rudd was the first wine merchant to open an online wine shop in 1995; today it also runs an online wine trading platform called BBX (Berrys' Broking Exchange). It enables customers to sell their wines that are stored in the company's bonded warehouses. Sales have exceeded £1 million, and 11,000 bottles were traded within the first 60 days.
In May 2008, a team from Berry Bros. & Rudd, Jasper Morris, MW, Alun Griffiths MW, Simon Field MW and David Berry Green, drew up a document of speculations into the state of the wine industry in the coming 50 years, The Future of Wine. Among the predictions for 2058 were suggestions that China may become one of the world's biggest producers, that grapes will be grown hydroponically in floating offshore vineyards, and honey bees could be trained to detect wine faults.
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- The Future of Wine report
- Berry Bros. & Rudd. "Berrys' Future of Wine Report".
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- Meikle, James, The Guardian (May 9, 2008). "Chateau China, a taste of wines to come with climate change". London.
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