Welcome to VIN, my name is Jonathan Rogers and Im the owner of the business. Having started my career in the world of wine over 25 years ago with a part time position with Oddbins, it soon became clear that it was an industry I wanted to explore further. A position at TAHBILK Vineyard in Australia followed where I learnt how to make wine and how to grow grapes and upon returning to the UK I embarked on the first ever Wine Making and Viticulture University course at the University of Brighton, Plumpton College taking my wine making knowledge further. Various positions in London followed including a buying role with Annabels Club, probably the most famous club in the world and Harrods Wine Dept. After ten years in London, it was time to move back to the south coast with a position at Wickham Vineyard and helping to promote English wines.
I have now taken the huge step of creating my own wine company putting my many years of experience and knowledge into running wine courses, tours and tasting events, along with providing world class, quality and affordable wines.
The philosophy behind VIN Wine Merchants and The Solent Wine Experience is to provide the whole wine experience, not just buying a bottle of wine off the shelf but to understand the whole process and to expereience that little bit extra.