Virgin Wines

Virgin Wines

Profile of the company


Virgin Wines is a market leading on line wine retailer with an innovative ‘wine bank’ model with which it engages with its 150,000 customers. It has a range of over 600 wines that it sources direct from wine growers worldwide and enjoys a workforce that are passionate about its product and brand.

Investment typeMBO *
Date of transactionOctober 2013 *

* Julian Carr led this transaction prior to founding Ethos Partners



Jay Wright, CEO says:

“Julian has been a breath of fresh air on the Board and as well as being challenging and supportive in equal measures he has always understood the business from a customer perspective, appreciated the challenges the people in our business face, has embraced the unique culture we have created here at Virgin Wines and brought a marketing based appreciation to the Board rather than one purely based on the numbers which has been both refreshing and invaluable for everyone involved”

Julian Carr, Bestport Capital Partner says:

“Jay imbues an incredible sense of passion and belief through-out Virgin Wines combining business and fun which is just what a wine business should be. The company is transitioning its business model and investing in long term gain which everyone from the warehouse to the Chairman of the Board supports and I feel confident in the long term success of this strategy”