Honest Grapes Celebrates 5th Anniversary

PRESS RELEASE 2/09/19 - Honest Grapes Celebrates 5th Birthday.

This month sees Wine Club and Online Merchant, Honest Grapes, celebrate its 5th anniversary. Honest Grapes was launched in September 2014 by wine commentator and consultant Tom Harrow and prolific tech investor Nathan Hill.
Tom and Nathan set out to create a quality marketplace for wine lovers with an emphasis on an innovative wine club and regular fun tasting events. After 5 years the company is turning a profit and has grown to a team of 12. Nathan commented “I’ve been involved in tens of start-ups over the years, and Honest Grapes has had its fair share of ups and downs. After five years, we’re in a good place; loved by our club members, growing at 50% year on year despite the current political and economic turbulence and we even declared our maiden profit in the year just past. Hopefully that will be a solid base to grow from over the next few years.” Nathan’s technology background and Tom’s unerring ability to sniff out great wines make a great partnership and permeate the business model, with a bold and member-inclusive approach to selecting thrilling wines for the Sommelier Selection and Club Offers.
Honest Grapes offers its growing membership a carefully curated selection of wines, each chosen to combine artisan quality, sustainable production and value for money. The website has won numerous awards, but it’s not just an online experience. Every club member is allocated a personal Wine Guru and the club hosted over 200 events in the past year.
2018 saw the company win The Independent's IndyBest Online Wine Shop with Stacey Smith of The Independent commenting “...what really sets this small company apart is the personal touch”. In November 2018 Honest Grapes was awarded the Drinks Business Green Retailer of the Year after conducting a comprehensive environmental assessment. Judges noted “We were impressed with Honest Grapes’ goal and responsibility to minimise its impact on the environment. The retailer takes this plight so seriously that it recently conducted a grape to glass study in order to address various issues affecting its supply chain.”
In August 2019 Honest Grapes was shortlisted in three categories in the Decanter Retail Awards 2019 – Subscription Wine Club of the Year, Online Retailer of the Year, and Innovator of the Year.
Honest Grapes invites its club members and friends to celebrate its birthday at a party to be held at The China Exchange in Soho on October 4th. There will be fine wines on offer, alongside the now-famous Sommelier Selection, with a focus on English and organic/biodynamic wines. Tickets can be purchased on their website https://www.honestgrapes.co.uk/events.
For more information, and for interviews with the founders Tom and Nathan, please contact Alexis Fuller alexis@honestgrapes.co.uk.