About us

The UK’s leading specialist in award-winning Italian wine

Meet Independent Wine

Independent Wine is the UK’s leading specialist in award-winning Italian wine. We stock over 140 Italian wines that have won top awards.

Read about us in Decanter Magazine: “Meet Italian wine’s online champion, boasting more than 50 Decanter medal winners”.

100% British business

We are a 100% British limited company (Company no. 12056729). We are registered in the UK Government Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme. We are a member of The Italian Chamber of Commerce.

All our wines are already in the UK, and when you buy from us you will not be hit with surprise customs charges.

Exclusive wines from small wineries

We purchase all our wine directly from small, family-owned wineries in Italy, without intermediaries. Often, only 1,000 – 1,500 bottles of high-value wine is made each year. Such wines are truly exclusive and show a specific terroir. Needless to say, they’re too tiny for big retail.

Sustainable wine cellar

Our wine cellar is in the historic centre of Edinburgh by the Water of Leith. Naturally cool and humid all year round, it has near-zero environmental impact. All our packaging is plastic-free.

Tree planted with every order

We partner with Ecologi and fund reforestation projects in Mozambique, Kenya, Madagascar and Uganda. By placing any order with us, you fund planting a tree and offset your carbon footprint. Click here to see our forest.

Personalised Italian wine advice

Our team are experts in Italian wine. Tell us about your preferences and we will provide a personalised recommendation specifically for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

We stand for Ethical Online Selling

We think that it’s unethical to spy on our customers online. That’s why we don’t use third party “tracking cookies” to identify your device, track your visits to other websites or collect your personal data. Read our privacy policy to find out more.

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Quality Pyramid of Chianti Classico DOCG wines

UK Government Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS), License no. XGAW00000113868

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Quality Pyramid of Chianti Classico DOCG wines


Decanter Retailer Awards 2022

Decanter Retailer Awards - Best Small Online Retailer 2022

Best Small Online Wine Retailer

Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Great British Entrepreneur Awards Finalist 2022

The Drinks Business Award 2021

The Drinks Business Awards 2021 - SHORTLISTED

Fine Wine Specialist of the Year, Shortlisted

IWC Specialist Merchant Awards

International Wine Challenge - Specialist Merchant of the Year 2021 - Italy Finalist

Italy Finalist 2021

Company details

  • Registered in England. Company no. 12056729
  • VAT number GB333890293
  • EORI GB333890293000
  • DUNS 225153298

UK wine cellar and warehouse

We take wine storage very seriously. Bottles are always kept on their sides, to make sure the corks are wet and no oxygen can sneak in.

Our warehouse is situated inside a stone Victorian building in Edinburgh, in a glen cooled by the river, and the temperature is kept at 10-15°C all year round.

We only import wine from Italy between October and April to avoid heat damage in transit.

Put simply, we love what we do because we are really passionate about high quality Italian wine. We are delighted to serve customers who share this passion.

Office of Independent Wine Ltd at 12 Miller Row, Edinburgh
Elvira and Oleg in the Independent Wine's warehouse at Miller Row, Edinburgh

Meet the team

Elvira Dmitrieva – Founder and CEO

BA and Diploma in Accounting, Audit and Business Administration

Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Wines (with Distinction)

With more than 20 years of experience in project management, accounting and finance, operational strategies and health and safety, Elvira has a truly holistic view of business.

Before starting Independent Wine, she served as Operations Manager at Pufferfish Ltd – a pioneer of dynamic spherical display systems with clients such as NASA, Deloitte, Rolls Royce, Audi and the BBC. She’s also worked as an Operations Manager at a compressor factory in Edinburgh, as well as in finance with Deloitte, Arthur Andersen and several start-ups.

Elvira Dmitrieva, CEO of Independent wine

Oleg Dmitriev – Founder, Wine Portfolio Director

EMBA, London Business School and Columbia University in the City of New York, 2012

Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Wines (with Merit).

Twenty years of management experience in the software engineering, telecommunications, manufacturing and space sectors.

Awards: Innovator of the Year, Scotland (2018), Inventor of the Year, Scotland (2017); winner of the British Venture Capital Association’s “Venture-backed Management Team” award in Scotland. Three patents, five peer-reviewed research papers published by the IMechE.

Oleg Dmitriev in the press

Oleg Dmitriev, Director of Independent Wine and Wine Geek, at Salvatore Tamburello's vineyard in Trapani

Jemma Porter – Editor

Jemma holds a BA(hons) in Public Relations and Media, as well as a Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Award in Wines. She’s currently reading towards the WSET Level 4 Diploma.

She has over ten years experience in digital copywriting and editing for numerous British household names across the fashion, travel and lifestyle industries.

Jemma Porter, Assistant Editor
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Independent proof of quality

Our wines have won awards or high scores from independent experts

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No joining fees. No monthly charges

Pay exactly what’s on the price tag – and enjoy top quality wine

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We love helping customers

Get in touch! 0333 577 1417