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Bat & Bottle

Bat & Bottle specialises in importing unique Italian wines made by small, independent growers.

Founder Ben Robson is passionate about Italian wine and culture. He says: “We have developed a taste for wines made by producers who cherish the history and traditions of their hills and valleys.”

Ben founded Bat & Bottle in Uppingham, Rutland, in May 1994 with his wife Emma, and his knowledge of his chosen field is hard-won, extensive and has its roots in genuine passion for the subject.

“The Italian growers we have got to know are true individuals who make wines with a sense of place and unique character,” he says. “We make the utmost effort to visit and be in regular touch with these great personalities, for our own pleasure as much as for quality control.”

Bat & Bottle’s exceptional reputation has been earned through the consistent quality of the wines it has selected over the years alongside high levels of personal service. Ben and Emma have become friends with many of their customers – that’s the sort of business they run.

Ben sums it up: “We are uncompromising importers of wine and buy wines that we fall in love with. We do not buy wines for our customers, we find customers for our wines.”

Ben and Emma spend a reasonable amount of time scouring Italy for wines so are not always at the warehouse, so it is best to call or text before visiting.

Member offer:

Buy six bottles and get the seventh free on Fridays only (9am-5pm). It can be a mixed six – the cheapest one will be free. Payment must be by debit card or cash. This offer cannot not be used in conjunction with other offers. Club members must quote their name and Great Food Club card number when purchasing on 01572 759735 or 07809 828662. Alternatively, present your card in person at the warehouse.

Useful info
Unit 18D Oakham Enterprise Park, Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7TU
01572 759735 or 07809 828662

Customer reviews for Bat & Bottle

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  1. MS says:
    Knowledge!These guys really know their wines - passionate!
  2. Anna Armitage says:
    Brilliant wines, brilliant peopleThis is a gem of a wine merchant, hidden away on Oakham Enterprise Park. They sell an amazing and diverse range of Italian wines, Ben knows his stuff so can advise you on wines to try and I've discovered many new favourites through his recommendations. If you like your wines, you really should try these guys
  3. Matt Gregory says:
    Possibly the finest Italian wine importer in the countryBen & Emma a bring in some amazing wines. Not usual perhaps but certainly amazing. I highly recommend the wine club for regular but not frequent deliveries of wines that really ought to be tried along with some that have become firm favourites.

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