The History of the Vintners’ Company by Anne Crawford (1977)


According to its website, the Vintners’ Company can trace its history back to 1363 when it was awarded a royal charter to form a monopoly for trade with Gascony. This book provides a history of the company and the wine trade in England over a period of 600 years.

The front free end-paper is signed by the then Master of of the Vintner’s Company under an inscription which reads:

“Presented to Members of the Vintners’ Company on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1977.”


Publisher: Constable, London

Edition: 1977

Pages: 319

ISBN: 9780094619906

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The Wine Trade by A. D. Francis (1972)


The subtitle of this book is “The Merchant Adventurers” and its focus is on the development of the wine trade between England and Europe up to the end of the nineteenth century.

The book includes an interesting chapter on “The Years of Vintage Port”.




Publisher: A. & C. Black Ltd., London

Edition: 1972

Pages: 359

ISBN: 9780064922302

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Wine and the Wine Lands of the World by Frank Hedges Butler (1926)


A great book written by a very colourful character from the turn of the century. Although only 10 pages are dedicated to Port this is definitely worth having in a collection.

The author was at one time a partner in the family firm Hedges & Butler, Wine Merchants of Regent Street, London.





Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., London

Edition: 1926

Pages: 271

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Wayward Tendrils of the Vine by Ian Maxwell Campbell (1947)


This is the memoirs of the author, a London wine merchant in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and contemporary of André L. Simon and Charles Walter Berry.

This is a fascinating book, which contains a chapter on the time the author spent with the great and the good of the Port trade during his time in Oporto.

Published as a limited edition of 750 copies in 1947.




Publisher: Chapman & Hall, London

Edition: 1947

Pages: 210

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