El Vino

+44 207 353 5384 Vintage House, 1 Hare Place, Fleet St
London, EC4Y 1BJ
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There are not a lot of businesses as old as ours, and fewer still in the wine trade! El Vino, then known as Bower and Co, was founded in 1879, not 25 years after the industry was revolutionised by the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, and in the intervening years has become an integral part of the City of London and a strong influence on the development of the UK wine market. Our 128th year sees us still going strong with five ever-popular wine-bars in the City and a host of loyal customers, now enjoying a broader range of wines than ever! It was in 1879, when Queen Victoria was on the throne, and horses ruled the road, when Alfred Louis Bower set himself up as a wine merchant on Mark Lane, on the eastern side of the City of London. While the ruling powers of Europe squabbled over ownership of acres of barren desert in Africa, Alfred Bower paid attention only to what was taking place closer to home, specifically the fertile soils of France and Spain. His business was an instant success, and business Read more »

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