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Advice & Cellar management

Burns & German Vintners was established as a fine wine trading business combining the experience of Edward Burns, former Trading Director of Armit Wines Ltd and Piers German, former Head of Private Clients at Armit Wines.

With 40 years of expertise and knowledge in the wine industry, Piers and Edward recognised the need for a wine merchant where the service is personal, professional and tailored to what the customer is looking for from their cellar.

Over many years Burns & German have built up access to the world’s finest wines through contacts both here and abroad and utilising their team’s proven trading skills they ensure that stocks are acquired at the lowest prices with perfect provenance for clients.

Whether you are seeking to drink great wine or lay down a cellar/portfolio with investment in mind Burns & German are ideally placed to advise you, introduce you to new wines and keep you abreast of all that is happening on the international wine market. We welcome visits to our office by appointment and we are very happy to meet clients at other locations.

Clos Mireille Rosé, Domaine Ott

£135IB 6x75cl
  • 2018

Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir

£170IB 6x75cl
  • 2014

Hunting Hill Chardonnay

£155IB 6x75cl
  • 2018

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The Team

Piers German

Following an eight year career in the British Army embracing many roles from active service in the 1991 Gulf War to Second-In-Command of the Life Guards Squadron at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London, Piers entered the Wine Trade as a Private Client Account Manager. Over 9 years with Bancroft Wines, in the City, Piers rose to the main board position of Private Clients Sales Director enabling him to build up a wide network of clients as well as contacts throughout the wine trade and in many of the world’s wine regions.

In 2010 Piers joined Edward Burns at Armit Wines and within a year took over as Head of Private Clients, the leading division of the company and led it until deciding to join Edward in founding Burns & German Vintners in 2013 to advise clients from the UK and abroad on creating and managing the perfect cellars for both drinking and investment requirements.

Gareth Birchley

While studying engineering at the University of Bath Gareth Birchley developed a passion for wine and quickly realised a career in the wine industry was what he wanted to do with his life. On arrival in London in 2006 he took up a role in Private Client sales with City firm, Bordeaux Index. It rapidly became apparent that Gareth had a flair for buying and he became BI’s Burgundy and Champagne Buyer, as well as organising many of their events and dinners.

Eight years later Gareth moved to become the Asian Buyer for Berry Brothers & Rudd, before being promoted to be their Fine Wine Buyer, supplying all channels of the business. His passion for fine wine, especially from Burgundy, the Rhone and Germany, is infectious and it is this enthusiasm that made him a natural choice when Burns & German Vintners looked to recruit a new Buying Director, to help grow the business. Having once been described by Jancis Robinson MW as one of her “stars of the future”  in the wine trade, Gareth brings a refreshing enthusiasm and ambition to the company as it moves forward in 2019.

Katie Rolph

Katie joined the wine trade after graduating from Warwick University. Initially working at Majestic Wine for five years, in their graduate management scheme, she gained the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits, a passion for all things vinous and a well-exercised palate.

In 2007, she joined Berry Brothers & Rudd as a Wine Advisor, and was soon promoted to be the Wine Club Manager in 2008. Responsible for looking after a select group of private clients, she worked with the buying team to choose interesting wines and write tasting notes for the Club’s monthly cases, organised exclusive member events and established a reputation for ensuring that all her customers received the highest levels of customer service.

In September 2019, Katie joined Burns & German Vintners to assist Piers and Gareth in taking the business forward and growing our sales and Customer Reserves.


Purchasing of Fine Wine

B&G buy cellars and wine collections at current market prices from around the world today

BGV regularly value and buy cellars and wine collections. We will consider single cases or entire cellars pending confirmation of condition and provenance. Prices offered will be in line with the current market and all wines purchased will be transferred to BGV’s cellar at Vine International Bond at Tilbury. Prompt payment is guaranteed, the terms of which will be agreed prior to the wine being transferred into the custodianship of BGV. Please contact the team to discuss any sale you are considering.


Personal Wine Storage

B&G offer private accounts at Vine International’s state of the art Bonded Storage

All customers’ wines are stored entirely separately to BGV stock in sub-accounts in the name of each individual customer. Vine inspect all wine on arrival and each case is given its own Unique Identification Number (UID). Cellar Reports are available on request and BGV customers are able to view their wines through the customer portal. Please also see Cellar/Portfolio Advice & Management for more details on the management of your cellar account with BGV. Storage rates are available on request along with copies of our Storage Terms & Conditions.


Tastings & Wine Education

B&G regularly host private and corporate wine events and dinners throughiut the UK and abroad on special request

We regularly host dinners and tastings to introduce customers, their friends and colleagues. Events are tailored to your requirements and can be created to encompass a straightforward fine wine dinner to a fully-fledged tasting competition with prizes and awards. We can also arrange for winemakers and producers to attend events where their wines are showcased for you. Whatever your requirements we can organise an event which will be remembered for a long time – it is perfectly true that you can only really enjoy wine when sharing it with like-minded souls!


Fine Wine Broking

B&G offer a competitive broking service to all customers, please contact us with your details

By broking their wines, customers will often find that they will achieve higher prices for their cellars rather than by making an immediate sale. We can advise customers of the prices we feel their wines can sell at and if there is not an urgency to the sale list them at prices to achieve the maximum return. Should you have a cellar or wine collection that you are considering selling please contact the team to let us look over your wine and propose a plan for its sale. When broking wines BGV will require them to be transferred to our bond at Vine for inspection and condition check prior to offering.


Fine Wine List & Offers

Subscribe to B&G’s regular offers and see Fine Wines currently available for delivery

Burns & German maintain a regularly updated fine wine list of stock available for immediate delivery. All of the wines we offer are impeccably sourced, invariably direct from the estate or from négociants in Bordeaux. We also send out focussed weekly offers to our customers of well-priced wines that we are recommending and customers should contact us if they wish to subscribe to receive these offers by e-mail. Wine is offered in bond but BGV has full AWRS accreditation with HMRC for duty paid sales to customers. BGV regularly ship wine to bonds located throughout the UK and also to locations around the world.

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Portfolio Advice & Management

With 36 years’ experience the B&G team are well placed to advise on all aspects

Building a cellar tailored to your requirements is something Burns & German have long experience with. Whatever your requirements we can advise you on the best route forward, whether you are buying for drinking or investment. We constantly review your cellar keeping its market valuation up to date and also watching what activity there is on the wines in the market. This means you are informed and advised as to the benefits of selling or not so that you can make a well-advised decision. Our team regularly meet with customers to ensure the cellar is meeting their requirements and wishes.



Our office hours are from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Please use the form below to make an enquiry or call:

+44 (0)203 011 5965

Burns & German Vintners Limited are located in the heart of Chelsea in London on Dilke Street off Royal Hospital Road. We are ten minutes walk from Sloane Square Underground station and twenty minutes walk from London Victoria Mainline and Underground stations.

Burns & German office hours are from 9.00am – 5.00pm (Monday – Friday)

We welcome visits to our office by appointment.


Burns & German Vintners Ltd.
7 Dilke Street,
London SW3 4JE

E-mail: info@bgvintners.co.uk

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