Founded in 1982 by Stephen Williams, The Antique Wine Company is one of the largest companies working with extremely rare and vintage wines. Williams started the company after beginning his career as an insurance agent. However, he wanted a career that could also serve as a hobby as well as something he could be passionate about. While entertaining business clients during his time working for a bank, he developed a taste and interest in fine wines. After examining the market and finding his niche, he developed his own company that would sell and market these fine wines to individual consumers. Williams remains enthusiastic about wine and is often called the “Sherlock Holmes” of wine for his talent at tracking down sequestered, vintage bottles.
The Antique Wine Company currently boasts clients in over 63 countries as well as holding over 10,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines in it’s cellars. While AWC is first and foremost a wine merchant, they also market their company by branching out into other divisions of the wine business. Several years ago, they began crafting and unveiling luxury wine cabinets. This series of wine cabinets are a great way for new wine connoisseurs to begin their fine wine collection as they are all filled with some of the best vintage bottles money can buy. They are also a great way for established collectors to easily add bottles to their current collection. The Chateaux cabinets themselves are specially handcrafted by some of the most luxurious materials available including ripple sycamore and Bombay rosewood. These cabinets are currently being sold and auctioned for upwards of £1m. They also include vintage memorabilia accounting for part of the cost.
Stephen Williams has also branched the Antique Wine Company out in another interesting way, by establishing a wine academy sponsored by the company. The AWC Wine Academy exists to teach casual wine drinkers how to truly appreciate the drinks. They are outfitted with custom tasting tables to make an event a special, memorable experience! Williams created the academy to make wine tasting and enjoyment more accessible to everyday people. He also wanted to make wine tasting and education a less “stuffy” experience by marketing to young professionals. At AWC Wine Academy, students learn from some of the most established wine educators there are. These educators include Tim Atkin and Clive Barlow, both Masters of Wine.
The Antique Wine Company was born out of a love and passion for wine by Williams. As such, it remains very important for him to bring this interest to others who may not currently see the beauty in it.