About us

Founded in Warrington by Richard Hales and Roger Barlow in July 1984, for forty years we’ve been supplying the North West with food-friendly artisan wines sourced from some of the world’s leading growers. Gerrard Seel has an unmatched reputation for providing a reliable, personal service and a cracking selection of wines, thanks to our founders’ energy and enthusiasm.

In 2022 we joined forces with award-winning wine club Honest Grapes and the last 18 months have been an exciting time for us. Founders Tom Harrow & Nathan Hill have brought a wealth of new artisan growers to the already impressive Gerrard Seel portfolio, alongside upgrades and investment in the team, our storage, warehousing and enterprise systems.

We have a wonderful heritage in the North West and we’re looking forward to improving our service and selection even more.

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    • Jeremy Cowan

      My love of wine began in the late ‘90s at Oddbins, eventually becoming one of the youngest managers in the company. I then worked at some of the country’s top restaurants as a sommelier before packing my bags and travelling around the world, where I visited Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy, scenic landscapes of Australia & New Zealand, the heights of the
      Andes in Chile and Argentina and even vineyards in Vietnam and

      After managing my own stores and a further stint in independent retail, I dedicated 12 years to trade sales in the North West. I’ve always admired Gerrard Seel and when I heard of their merger with Honest Grapes, I knew it was a chance to join something special.

      What are you enjoying at the moment?

      The 2017 Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er Cru, Les Lavieres from Tollot-Beaut (get it while you can!) or for something delicious and easy-going, Domaine Horgelus, Côte de Gascogne, Sauvignon Blanc/Gros Manseng.

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    • Michael Byrne

      My introduction to wine was working in a Manchester restaurant that happened to be supplied by Gerrard Seel. Recommending a wine to Gordon Ramsey and getting a good reaction made me think a career in wine might be for me. From there I spent a number of years at the country’s largest specialist wine retailer completing the WSET Level 3 and Diploma. Before joining Gerrard Seel I also worked with one of the biggest national on-trade wine suppliers.

      I joined Gerrard Seel a year ago to work with some of those wines and producers that had first sparked my interest in wine and the great range of family owned and independent producers in our portfolio.

      What are you enjoying at the moment?

      The Château Canet Minervois Evangiles 2017, after a visit to the
      winery early this year and imaging I’m in the South of France. For a mid-week wine I’d go for a crisp, fresh white wine and new addition to our range; the Omissa Vinho Verde from Portugal.

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    Personal Service

    We pride ourselves on our reliable, personalised service tailored directly to you. Here is what you can look forward to when you work with Gerrard Seel:

    • Our operations and logistics team includes Jenny & Dawn, who are always on hand to support you, whether that’s taking orders online, by phone or email, responding to urgent requirements or delivering a personal service.
    • We're proud of our reliable, efficient warehouse and experienced team of drivers, with our own fleet of vans. We always go the extra mile to deliver our wines to you across the North, supported by trusted couriers where necessary.
    • In 2023 we increased our warehouse capacity by a factor of three in order to provide a higher availability of wines and expand the core range with new growers.
    • Following major investments since the merger of Gerrard Seel & Honest Grapes we’ve also transformed our enterprise platform, meaning you will enjoy a smooth, hassle-free service, from inventory to billing.

    Our Awards

    Decanter Retailer Awards 2020

    • Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year
    • Best Subscription Wine Club
    • Green Champion (runner-up)
    • Best Large Online Retailer (shortlisted)

    The Drinks Business Awards 2020

    • Fine Wine Retailer of the Year
    • Green Retailer of the Year
    • Online Retailer of the Year (commended)

    Contact form

    We’re here to answer your questions and we're always glad to talk to you.

    If a “Contact Us” form doesn’t pop your cork and you’d rather get in touch with us directly, we can be found at:

    Honest Grapes t/a Gerrard Seel,
    29 Melford Court,
    Hardwick Grange,
    WA1 4RZ

    01925 819695 wine@gerrardseel.co.uk