Who we are

Fine wine experts with a personalised approach


Founded in 1967, Friarwood is a boutique fine wine merchant with an exceptional selection of wines and a personalised approach to both wholesale and retail.

Our expansive portfolio places Friarwood at the forefront of the fine wine industry, and we continually strive to stay on top by sourcing new wines from all around the world. Each of our wines is tasted and selected by the entire team to ensure the highest quality; our passion is uncovering hidden gems that are wines worth discovering.

Our underground cellar, found in the heart of London, stores more than 15,000 bottles that are ready to be shipped directly to your door or purchased from our Parsons Green retail shop.

I have been working with Friarwood since 1982, selling them Chateau Saint-Georges, and the relationship has always been friendly and collaborative. Friarwood is a reliable partner with a great knowledge of the English wine market.

Georges Desbois - Owner of Chateau Saint-Georges - Supplier since 1982

Our Story

Always building long-lasting relationships

Friarwood was founded in 1967 by the late Peter Bowen. Having worked as a young man at many of the preeminent Chateaux in the Bordeaux region of France, Peter's passion drove him to create Friarwood as a fine wine trade from which to supply London and the rest of the UK with the best Bordeaux wines. His friendly relations with many chateaux owners gave him a valuable edge in the marketplace over his competitors.

Since the early 1970's, Friarwood has been one of the largest importers of Bordeaux wines into the UK, an exclusive distributor of many famous estates, and a major supplier to many of the top restaurants and hotels throughout Britain.

I have been working with Friarwood since 1982, selling them Chateau Saint-Georges, and the relationship has always been friendly and collaborative. Friarwood is a reliable partner with a great knowledge of the English wine market.

Georges Desbois - Owner of Chateau Saint-Georges - Supplier since 1982

Our Team

From winemaking to supply chain; from sommelier to prestige sales.

We are a dynamic and enthusiastic team. We all come from very different backgrounds: from winemaking to supply chain; from sommelier to prestige sales. Having such great diversity brings a unique understanding of the industry to our team and a shared experience that really benefits our clients and partners.

We have served our clients for nearly 50 years and we are looking forward to the next 50!

Managing Director

Ben Carfagnini

Ben is a Landscape Architect who studied in the wine industry in North America before pursuing his Masters in Bordeaux. Ben interned at Friarwood and became their On-trade Sales Manager. Following the death of Peter Bowen, Ben purchased the Friarwood business in 2015.

Head Buyer

Auriane D'Aramon

Born and raised on a Premier Grand Cru Classe estate in St. Emilion, Auriane knows her wines. Bringing her experience and love for wine to Friarwood, she not only heads up our Purchasing Department, she brings a wealth of knowledge and passion that helps drive our business.

Head of Operations

Edouard Dautreix

After his MBA in Chicago, Edouard decided to focus on the wine industry and completed his Masters in Wine Business Management. He worked in logistics at the London International Vintners Exchange , before joining Friarwood in 2015 to supervise their global operations.

Retail Manager

Patrice Jegat

As a sommelier and manager, with over 30 years of industry experience, Patrice brings his wine stewardship and extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings to the team. Having joined Friarwood in 2014, as Retail Manager and Sommelier Adviser, Patrice can be found most days in the shop with an open bottle of wine for sampling.

On-Trade Sales Representative

Toni Stublla

Born in Kosovo but with over 15 years of experience working in some of the top restaurants throughout London, Toni has brought his management skills, energy and enthusiasm to Friarwood. He is always ready to assist the On-Trade industry with competitively priced, ideal accompaniments to their offerings.

Cellar Manager and Delivery Driver

Carlos Costa

Courteous and reliable, with 15 years of experience at Friarwood, Carlos has the expertise to deliver your wines promptly and safely. He is also our cellar manager.

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Our Values

Creating a personal sense of discovery

Personal belief

We all know and love our wines

We all know our wines. The entire team tastes and selects the best wines worth discovering.

Personal promise

We cherish reliability and trust

We develop very close relationships with our customers. They become real partners. We are then always committed to go the extra mile for them.

Our Services

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Exclusive wines delivered next day

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Trade & Wholesale

Sourcing you fine wines from around the world

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