Our Story

After John Townend and Sons, Ann’s passion for wine next took her to Bottoms Up, then part of the Peter DOMINIC Group, firstly in Tunbridge Wells before moving to Newark on Trent in 1991. With her team, she relocated the business from Stodman Street to Bargate where she built up a loyal army of “Imbibers” and a leading position amongst the town’s retailers.

During her time with BU as it came to be known, Ann led the New Stores Development Team and opened several stores nationwide. As part of her own development and training, she visited a variety of wine-growing regions, particualrly enjoying Champagne and Rioja. Indeed, Spanish wines feature prominently in the predominantly European offer at Ann et Vin.

Changes within what had now become the Thresher Group meant that Ann found Bottoms Up a less interesting and rewarding place so the idea of Ann et Vin was born – essentially to provide exceptional wines at affordable prices, supported by knowledgable, unstuffy service and assistance.

The search began for the ideal premises to service the customer Ann knew existed in and around the town.Within 8 weeks, the former Brooks Garage was transformed from a derelict shed to the wine emporium we know today, a wonderful range was tasted – such hard work! – and trading commenced on 5th November, 2004.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Private Hire

Did you know…? You can hire The Courtyard, or all of Ann et Vin, for your very own celebration. So why not bring your party to us? We’re able to cater for up to 50 guests in the shop and The Courtyard and up to 100 guests outside the Shop in our Garage.

And you know that the wine for your guests definitely won’t run out!

We’ve hosted birthday parties, christenings, wedding receptions, corporate events and private wine tastings. We’ve even had a bouncy castle outside the shop! And we can arrange catering for your guests too.

Whatever your next event is, why not talk to us first?

Celebrate in style at Ann et Vin!

We would love to hear from you




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