Connoisseur Estates


Connoisseur Estates is a wine importer and agent for a wide range of wines from across both the Old and New worlds. Our philosophy is to work with producers where quality and individualism are the key principles of their production. Our portfolio of wines will always be a work in progress. Across the globe wineries continue to develop and improve and we will always welcome producers that fit our desire for quality, value and individual style. The wines must also be great examples of their regional production and heritage.

Location Description

Located on an ancient trackway that cuts across the back of Wokingham en route through the old forests towards Ascot.


  • Wines from Binfield, Wokingham, England

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Connoisseur Estates was established in 2002 to develop and supply both agency and client own brands within the UK and European market places.

We currently sell our wines to a wide range of customers across the whole of the UK and N Ireland. We don't supply the on trade directly but work with Wholesalers and Cash and Carry groups as well as the smaller, independent specialist retailer.

Our business operates in two diverse and very separate directions.

Firstly, since 2006 we have developed a portfolio of quality independent producers from wineries around the world.

We also create and supply new labels for client own brands and develop distinct, high quality packaging for our customers' ranges at highly competitive prices. This business works on an ex cellars basis and currently we work with key producers in Italy, France, Spain and the New World.

We use our expertise across both sectors to maximise sales and prestige product positioning, which are the key core priorities of Connoisseur Estates.

The Team

John and Annette Hickey - Owners

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The 5 acre vineyard was planted by hand in 1992 and the vines are a mix of Pinot Noir, Schreube, Chardonnay and Bacchus grape varieties which were chosen for their compatibility with making sparkling wine – which was where John and Annette felt that the future lay for English wine.

Owing to the use of low a maintenance high trellis system no grapes were produced for the first five years as it took time for the vines to become established, but it was worth the wait as this system alleviated the loss of crop from frost damage and provides a nice clean canopy. The vineyard is grown on Bagshot loam soil which is one of the factors that gives the wine its unique flavour.

The ultimate goal for the Hickey’s is to produce the best quality wines possible to convince the sceptics that English wine is a force to be reckoned with and can compete in the international arena with some of the best wines in the world.

Once the grapes are ripe and ready for harvesting they are handpicked and taken to the local Stanlake Park Wine Estate where the winemaker, Vince Gower, creates the delicious Binfield Vineyard wines.

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Forest Road
Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 5SE
United Kingdom

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