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Story by Francesca Krajewski

Over 20 independent winemakers, funded by online wine retailer Naked Wines, are flying over to the UK at the end of June to thank and meet their customers. As part of a UK-wide Tasting Tour, covering eight different cities in a week, the winemakers will showcase over 100 wines which were made possible through Naked Angel funding. Bill Small, a winemaker heading over from Marlborough New Zealand, said:

“We're thrilled to be jumping on a plane and coming to the UK to meet all the customers who’ve supported us over the past 12 months. Without their investment, our wines simply wouldn’t exist, and we certainly wouldn’t have gone it alone and cracked the UK market. It’s going to be a long, wine-fuelled week but well worth the 116,000 miles across the globe!

Rowan Gormley, Naked Wines’ Founder and CEO added:

“We get loads of requests from customers for us to come to them, so we thought it was time to hit the road and introduce them to their winemakers. They chat to one another on the site every day, so it’s great to put faces to names and avatars, and nothing beats sharing a glass in person.”

The Tasting Tour, which runs from 25th June to 2nd July, includes a series of pop-up lunch-time tastings in customers’ homes and places of work, followed by large consumer events each evening. Tickets are £10 per person and available at www.nakedwines.com/tastingtour – and customers will get their money back if they order on the night.

The Tasting Tour itinerary:

Norwich 25th June: The Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH.

Brighton 26th June: The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Kings Road East, Sussex, Brighton, BN1 2FU.

London 27th June: One Alfred Place, 1 Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7EB.

Bristol 28th June: Brunel’s Old Station, Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH.

Birmingham 29th June: Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TB.

Manchester 30th June: The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN

Leeds 1st July: Royal Armouries Museum, War Gallery, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

Edinburgh 2nd July: Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS

Publisher: Naked Wines
Website : http://www.nakedwines.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nakedwines
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nakedwines
Contact Details: francesca.krajewski@nakedwines.com / 01603 281 800

About Naked Wines:

Naked Wines invests in independent winemakers from around the world, in return for exclusive wines at preferential prices.

Since launching in December 2008, they’ve recruited over 150,000 customers, 50,000 of which invest £1million a month between them towards future orders of wines.

The business has recently launched a new free trade platform called Naked MarketPlace, where any winemaker can pitch their wines directly to Naked Wines’ customers – for a flat 10% fee.


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