The Allotment is run by Chris Gifford. He's in his third decade of working in the wine trade. Taking him through retail, wholesale, import, hospitality, wine education and even helping out at harvest time, his wealth of experience and knowledge informs his choosing of all of the wines in the Allotment. The list of wines is fairly fluid; while there's a good solid core, there are always new things to share, seasonal preferences that are perfect accompaniments to specific times of the year. There are also frequent offers that come across our path that you'd probably want to hear about.
It's a wholesale company - you have to buy in bulk - but you can be sure that Chris will guide you to make choices that will bring wines that you love, that will over-deliver in value for money and will make your own wine knowledge and curiosity grow.
If there's a wine question that you want answered, or if you are looking for anything in particular, then don't hesitate to ask. Chris has sourced countless wines from all round the world for his clients before: he's certainly not going to stop now...
Chris has won numerous awards and has far too many qualifications for anything other than communicating and talking about wine to anyone who will listen (and even those who won't). He has taught and written wine courses since 2009 and is a keen advocate for the accessibility of wine to as wide an audience as is possible. Working mostly with wineries across Europe, his love of engaging white wines and balanced, food-friendly reds, has brought his clients into contact with a truly eclectic range of producers from the edge of Galicia in the west to the outskirts of Vienna in the east; from Rheinland Pfalz in the north to Sicily in the south.
Arguing that quality comes in all shapes and sizes, he riles against over-pricing and eschews unfairness, promoting a healthy respect for growers, winemakers and their wines alike.