Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop for over 300 years. The business was officially established in 1698 by the Widow Bourne at 3 St James's Street in London, opposite St James's Palace, where it continues to trade today.
Berrys first supplied wine to the British Royal Family during the reign of King George III and has continued to do so to the present day. Its first Royal Warrant was awarded in 1903 by King Edward VII and today it holds two Royal Warrants, for HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Berrys today employs the expertise of five Masters of Wine, pictured below, who are its Wine Expert Martin Hudson MW, Wine Buyer Simon Field MW, Burgundy Director Jasper Morris MW, Wine Director Alun Griffiths MW and BBR Wholesale's Mark Pardoe MW.
Despite Berrys' history and the continuation in the belief in traditional standards of service and quality, it is also extremely innovative. In 1994 it launched one of the first online wine shops, www.bbr.com, which is now regarded as Britain's leading wine website and has been awarded Website of the Year seven times at the International Wine Challenge. The firm is also very active in social networking media, enabling its customers around the world to keep up to date with developments via its Blog, Facebook and Twitter.
Berrys has continued to expand into new markets and now has shops in Hong Kong and Shanghai and an office in Japan, while the famous cellars at 3 St James's Street are now the venue for producer dinners and wine tastings, and, along with its beautiful William and Mary era townhouse, Pickering Place, offer a unique and exclusive venue for private hire.
Today, members of the Berry and Rudd families continue to own and manage the family-run wine merchant business and uphold the traditions and qualities of the company.
For more information, see the award-winning Berry Bros. & Rudd website.