Storage conditions

All wines are stored at Vinothèque, a leading bonded warehouse with ideal conditions for cellaring fine wine.


Conditions

The warehouse is a Grade II listed building originally built to store malted grain, protected from light and swings in temperature. It has meter-thick walls which provide reliable insulation and maintain optimal humidity, and a constant, cool temperature. In addition, a custom HVAC system was installed recently to further ensure full temperature and humidity control. 

✅ Temperature and humidity control

✅ 24/7 security patrols and CCTV cameras which monitor both the interior and exterior of the building

✅ Dedicated building with perimeter fence and guard

✅ Checks for all staff and visitors, who must be accompanied by LCB staff within the warehouse.

Security

The warehouse is a standalone building with a secure perimeter fence. It is monitored by a digital CCTV system that is administered by a specialist company at all times. The warehouse is also protected with intruder and fire detection alarms.

Insurance

All wines are fully insured while in storage at Vinothèque, which is included in the cellarage rates.

  • Where is Vinothèque?

    Vinothèque is located in Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire.

  • Can I visit my wine?

    We can arrange appointments on request, and require two weeks’ notice to do so. However, during certain periods of particular intensity within the warehouse, visits may not be possible.

  • What is a bonded warehouse?

    A bonded warehouse is one where goods can be stored without having paid UK duty and VAT. Those taxes need to be paid, and recorded as such with the HMRC, before the wines can move from “in bond” status to “duty paid” status, which is required prior to delivery. Wines can also be stored "duty paid" within a bonded warehouse. 

  • What are the benefits of storing in bond?

    Customers who plan to sell their wines are advised to buy in bond wherever possible. Foreign wine markets are not liable to pay UK duty and VAT, making wines sold from the UK desirable. It’s also a way to help assure a wine’s provenance. And, for customers who plan to drink their wines, storing in bond is a method of deferring some of the costs.