Lanchester Wine Cellars Ltd, trading as Lanchester Wines, is one of the UK’s leading supplier of quality wines and spirits to the trade, successfully operating and innovating across every element of UK wine import and export.
We’re an independent, family-owned business established in 1980. We’ve never lost focus on what’s important and that’s consistently over-delivering on quality and service and have over 3,000 product lines providing our customers with wines and spirits to meet every requirement, from premium ranges to award-winning house wines and everything in between.
Lanchester Wines operates a Class A bonded warehouse system over four large warehouses in the North East of England. Combined, these four sites cover an area in excess of 920,000 ft2 of high quality, bonded warehousing. Importantly, all sites are wholly owned by the Lanchester group of companies and we still have room to grow. From these warehouses, our fleet of 11 delivery vehicles and our external partners distribute our wines to customers seven days a week, handling close to 4,000 pallets of wine a day.
We are a sustainable wine business and believe it’s our duty to preserve our planet, which is why we’ve invested £8m in developing clean, renewable energy and heat generation for our offices and warehouses which greatly reduces our business’ carbon footprint. Wind turbines, solar panels and air source heat pumps provide power for our County Durham headquarters, while two of our sites in nearby Gateshead have been fitted with the Europe’s largest mine water heat pump system of producing up to four megawatts of heat.
All warehousing owned by our business undergoes ongoing maintenance. Each site has been completely refurbished including exterior cladding, new roofs, new electricity and plumbing systems, and enhanced security to bring each property in-line with HMRC requirements for bonded facilities. We’ve invested in an innovative Joloda system, the first of its kind in the UK wine market. Installed across all Lanchester Wines sites, we can load 24 pallets onto a waiting truck in just 85 seconds, compared to around 35 minutes for traditional loading systems. As you can imagine, this system radically reduces driver downtime and increases efficiencies.
We are part of the Lanchester Group of Companies (www.lanchestergroup.com) which also includes:
– Greencroft Bottling (www.greencroftbottling.com), one of the UK’s largest contract wine bottlers, capable of filling up to 90,000 bottles and boxes of wine an hour
– Lanchester Gifts (www.lanchestergifts.com), the UK’s second largest hamper business creating bespoke products for the UK’s major retailers