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 retails shops in Parsons Green and Wimbledon Village.

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 over 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. Interning at Friarwood gave Ben a good understanding of the London wine industry, before eventually becoming On-trade Sales Manager. Since 2015, he is now the owner and Managing Director.

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.

Financial COntroller

Diana Cupse

Diana comes from Transylvania, the most famous region of Romania and has been living in London for the last 4 years. Diana has a banking and financial background, currently working towards her ACCA qualification. She joined Friarwood as Financial Controller in 2016 and took responsibility for all accounting activities.

Marketing

Vessy Haygarova

Originally from Bulgaria, Vessy recently made the decision to move from Canada to London. Her passion for marketing began during her University studies, where she graduated with a Bachelor in Commerce. With over 5 years of Marketing related experience, Vessy has an enthusiastic approach towards pushing the business forward and of course discovering Bulgarian wines.

On-Trade Account Manager

Toni Stublla

Born in Kosovo but with over 20 years of experience working in some of the top restaurants throughout London, Toni has brought his management skills, energy and enthusiasm to Friarwood.

On - Trade Account Manager

Maxime Walkowiak

Born in the North France, Maxime completed his Sommelier diploma in the city of Lille. Having worked for the well-known Three Michelin starred restaurant the Waterside Inn as a Head Sommelier, he has a great understanding of fine dining and fine wines. Always willing to share his passion for wine, Maxime brings an expertise and a great experience to the On-trade team, providing top service and advice.

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.

Retail Manager

Ornella Rosucci

Ornella jumped in the world of wine at 17 while finishing her languages studies. After getting her sommelier diploma in Italy she moved to London at 19 and continued her studies with WSET while working in different wine companies as a shop manager. After a 4 months break travelling the world, she returned to London and the wine universe. She joined Friarwood this June and you can find her in both our shops as a retail manager, always smiling and ready to help you navigate our wine and spirit options.

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

Learn more about how we can help

Exclusive wines delivered next day

Buy online

Delivering your business more than just wine

Trade & Wholesale

Sourcing you fine wines from around the world

Our Shops

Friarwood Wine Club

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