CELLAR WINES of Ripley is celebrating its first year of selling boutique wines, craft ales and spirits from across the world. Established in the High Street in December 2015, Cellar Wines also have a range of fine foods, British and European charcuterie and delicatessen and have between thirty and fifty artisan cheeses available at any one time.
With ample seating and a pop-up restaurant, Cellar Wines also host a number of food and wine tasting events and are available for private functions.
Manager Andy Walton told the News & Mail, “Cellar Wines has a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The shop has a couture edge where our customers can expect a world class selection of fine wines sourced from some of the most exceptional vineyards in the world. As well as a carefully selected range of boutique wines, artisanal spirits and craft ales, we also stock a range of champagne and fine Havana cigars.
He said the premises are fitted out in a quirky and eclectic style, using old furniture, wardrobes, dressers and even trunk suitcases. There is plenty of seating and also a cosy snug area where you can come in to relax and unwind over a glass of fine wine and a cheeseboard.
Andy added, “We are very much committed to supporting our local community and have already sponsored the maintenance of Ripley’s flowerbeds, the fireworks display and the village Christmas lights.
It’s been a great first year for us and we are also hoping to raise Ripley’s profile as an historical village by assisting with social media and a new community website initiative.”
The Cellar Wines building is the second oldest in the village and is steeped in history. It was built in 1480 as a coaching house on one of the main routes between London and Portsmouth. After a spell as a private residence the building later became a pharmacy. During the Second World War, penicillin was produced and manufactured there for civilian use by pharmacist Kenneth White, despite being refused permission by the authorities. It is now a historical building of interest and displays a blue plaque on its wall, marking White’s place in medical history.
Andy said, “We have listened to our customers and, fuelled by their appetite for more wines and specialist events we look forward to delighting, tempting and teasing their palate. We very much look forward to serving the community further and establishing ourselves as an integral part of the village.”