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Our Story So Far

The Northern Wine Guy (formerly The Devon Wine Guy) was created by Founder, Andrew Lofthouse, in an attempt to demystify the wine industry and ensure that we all enjoy having a good glass of wine or two after a hard day's work.

To that end, it is about everyone being able to enjoy and sample new and expressive varietals of wine from across the globe in a relaxed and fun environment with friends, family or colleagues. Andrew had previously spent close to 20 years in the investment banking industry and throughout this time has had an ever increasing enthusiasm for the wine industry. Interlinked with this have been his two loves after his family - Wine and Cheese!! Having previously owned a wine and cheese business in Devon, he wanted to further this and do more to bring his two favourite topics to everyone.

Having been fortunate enough to travel to various parts of the globe to further his depth of knowledge and understanding, whilst never straying far from the good part....the tasting and sampling of wines (and cheeses), he decided upon setting up a wine tasting and wine educational resource for all. By doing so, helping simplify the world of wine.

Through his extensive research which has taken him to Napa and Sonoma in the U.S.A., Hunter and Swan Valley and Margaret River in Australia, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Christchurch in New Zealand, Stellenbosch and surrounding areas in South Africa within the New World and in the Old World, dedicated time in Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Macconais, and Beaujolais in France and Piemonte in Italy amongst other lesser well versed regions such as Switzerland and Greece, he has been able to utilise this hands on experience to work towards higher qualifications within the wine industry. Andrew holds globally recognised and respected leading qualifications via the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and holds a Guild of Fine Foods Cheese Diploma.

Andrew has extensive contracts across the UK with corporate clients, both in London and outside. With wine tasting group events showcasing his knowledge of wines, alongside wine cellar builds for HNW individuals and personal sommelier services. Andrew has had hands on experience of working for a Head Winemaker at one of the largest wine estates in Devon, where he added first hand vineyard management and winery knowledge to his background.

 

Andrew also works as a Fine Wine Ambassador / Introducer at Vin-X Fine Wine Investment and he is also the creator and co-host of the sponsored podcast "The Andy and Olly Show" which is available on all social media applications, on this website and live on Instagram.

In 2023, Andrew finally returned home and relocated back to his roots, based in Yorkshire with an expansion plan for the North, yet still focusing on providing services UK wide. 

The Owner of The Northern Wine Guy
The Best Smelling Wine Kit
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