About Us

Chris Piper and John Earle

Christopher Piper Wines was established in 1979 by Chris Piper (Chairman) after working in Beaujolais, as a wine-maker in Brouilly. In 1980 he was joined by his old friend John Earle (Managing Director) and the business was incorporated. 

From those early days when the two friends did virtually everything, from wine buying to selling, packing and delivering their wines, the company has now grown to become one of the West of England's best known independent wine merchants. CPW, as Christopher Piper Wines is often affectionately called, now employs over 20 staff in their sales and administration offices* and distribution warehousing in the picturesque town of Ottery St. Mary in Devon. Chris still manages to make wine in Brouilly every year at Chateau de Vaux and, yes, we sell it. It is affectionately known as the Chairman's plonk!

The philosophy with which Chris Piper and John Earle started their business is still enshrined in the company's ethic: Top quality products backed by top quality service. 

Although our principal business is the supply of top quality wine to independent hotels, restaurants and pubs throughout the South of England we have an ever-increasing number of private customers though our award winning website. 

We are able to supply a complete solution to our trade customers including but not confined to the production of fully updateable wine lists in monochrome or colour, regular weekly deliveries (usually by CPW drivers using our company delivery vehicles), supplier supported in-house functions, staff wine appreciation and training sessions, sale or return for specific functions together with glass loan. For a full list of our many services please refer to the CPW Services page.

* Our Retail Shop remains Closed.