About Us

Lancaster Wine Company is a personally run local independent business run by Barry & Fiona Howarth & rescue ‘Wine shop dog Rory assisting!

Opening late June 2013, and winning ‘Newcomer of the Year’  just 8 months later in the ‘Drinks Retailing Awards’, held at the Dorchester Hotel in London was an surprise and honour.  This set us on our way to provide Lancaster and our local community with an affordable, interesting, down to earth, personally run Wine & Drinks merchant, for all tastes & budgets.  In February 2019, we won the ‘People’s Choice Wine Awards’ Best Independant Wine Merchant’.  This meant so much to us, as it was all down to our amazing customers voting for us.

Using over 25 years of experience in the retail & wholesale drinks trade, Barry loves to hand pick his ever changing and evolving range of wines, beers & spirits.  Holding regular shop evening tastings on many varied topics, plus many outside events, enables him to engage with his valued & loyal customers, new and longstanding.

In the last couple of years, also leading 2  & with a 3rd planned for September 2020 – customers trips to Willi Opitz his friend and Winemaker’s hotel & winery in Illmitz, Austria.  As a result of these trips, Willi and his wife Maria visited Lancaster in November 2019 to host an amazing Dinner acommpanying his wines at Lancaster Town Hall, supported by David Dunderdale and his team at Newfield Catering. What a wonderful evening was had by all.  Willi & Maria loved Lancaster and are returning again in 2020.

Rory the rescue  ‘Wine Shop Dog’ assisting!