If you call yourself a wine lover, and you’ve never ordered from the Antique Wine Company, you’re absolutely missing out. They’re not the biggest retailer in the world for no reason. You just need to check out some of their social media, to see the rave reviews.
Not to mention the ridiculously rare vintages that you can find through the website.
CEO Stephen Williams could tell a number of tales about how to build up a business. His advice is well worth taking. He started out doing wine tasting in people’s homes and has now built his endeavors into the Antique Wine Company, a business that sell vintage wines. This company does sell a significant amount of wine. Based in the U.K., the Antique Wine Company oversees millions of sales of vintage wine each year.
The company’s success did not arrive overnight. The business was founded in 1982 and grew incrementally year after year into the amazing dealer of rare and vintage wines it is today. The company is expected to do about £20 million in revenue this year alone. Interestingly, the company only has a staff of about 15 personnel so it surely is still classified as a small business.
Stephen Williams credits his upbringing as the source of his inspiration for being such a success. His early years were most assuredly difficult.
He grew up in humble beginnings in the town of Ripley. His family made a living by selling cash registers. As the saying goes, all sales are sales. In other words, he likely learned the basics of how to run a business and sell a product from his exposure to the way the family ran its business.
Unfortunately, his home life experienced a bit of strife when his parents separated. Raised by his mother, Williams had to struggle a great deal as money was not easy to come by. He eventually became an entrepreneur and established the popular vintage wine company that is now known all over the world.
What is most interesting about Williams is he is a “self-taught wine connoisseur”. He did not come up through the traditional ranks of being a wine expert. He educated himself and did quite the fine job.
Currently, the Antique Wine Company is expanding its international presence. The company has hired two executives who will work on furthering the presence of the business all throughout the globe. Perhaps the growth of this small company could continue and continue as more and more markets open their doors to it.
Right now, the company operates in 100 different markets and serves roughly 45,000 clients. Anyone who is interested in acquiring a rare Bordeaux or Burgundy may wish to contact the Antique Wine Company. Surely, one of Mr. Williams staff can help you find what it is you are seeking.
The company may even have something up for auction that you positively could not go without. Plus they provide an education about wine, so that you can learn more about vintage wines, as you drink them.