About us

Forget those cliched images about the crusty old wine merchants rooted in the past.

We’ve got plenty of tradition, but we are a vibrant, modern firm aiming to bring our customers the best.

Connolly’s Wine Merchants Ltd is a truly independent outfit, carefully selecting and shipping wines from all over the world to Birmingham.

We have been family owned and run since 1976 and continue to provide a personal, flexible and comprehensive service to all our customers.

In an age of global brands, call centres and supermarket dominance, the emphasis at Connolly’s remains focused strongly on the individual.

Our own independence provides us with a flexibility – if we like a wine and it meets our criteria in terms of quality and value, we can buy it there and then. Wherever possible we deal directly with growers, most of whom we have come to know through personal visits to the vineyards.


Our Shops

We have 2 delightful wine shops, one located in Birmingham city centre at the back of our wine bar Arch 13, and one on Dovehouse Parade in Solihull/Olton.  Where you can browse our wide range of products and gain some insightful knowledge about the products' backgrounds.

We also host various events at these locations.

Connolly’s Birmingham

Arch 13,
220 Livery Street,
Birmingham B3 1EU

Phone:
0121 236 3837

Temporarily Closed

Local & national delivery available.

Connolly's Solihull

Connolly’s Solihull

379 Warwick Road,
Solihull
B91 1BQ,

Phone:
0121 709 3734

Temporarily Closed

Open for Click & Collect Mon-Fri 11am-4pm

Local & national delivery and Click & Collect available.

 


Arch 13 at Connolly's

Arch 13 can be found at the front of our Birmingham store underneath the arches in Livery Street. Showcasing unique wines, cocktails, cheese and meat boards.

Arch 13,
220 Livery Street,
Birmingham B3 1EU

Phone:
0121 794 6636

Tues - Sat: 10:00 - 22:00


Our Staff

Chris Connolly

Managing Director

Chris@connollyswine.co.uk 

Chris is the backbone of Connolly’s; having taken the helm in 1980 Chris has endeavoured to move the company forward whilst retaining its family roots and independent mindset. Aside from Chris’ uncontrollable obsession with buying and selling Burgundy, his passion for wine is contagious and he his always on the look out for something new and interesting. Chris has the WSET Diploma in wine and occasionally ponders upon attempting the MW, but is currently far too busy bringing you fabulous wines! Click here for an interview with Chris in BQ Magazine Summer 2015

Tania Connolly

Company Secretary and Accounts Manager

Tania@connollyswine.co.uk  

Tania arrived one day to give Chris a helping hand, she kindly agreed to stay for 6 weeks, 20 years later and she is still here. After finally realising that this clearly wasn’t a temporary position, Tania has taken a leap from her books of figures and a break from customs and excise to delve into the world of wine. Tania has now received the Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits from the WSET.
 


Mark Stammers

Purchasing Manager, IT Coordinator and Helpdesk

sales@connollyswine.co.uk 

After stints improving his self-defence skills whilst managing off-licences in "interesting" parts of Birmingham and London Mark joined Connolly’s at the tail-end of the last millennium. Alongside a degree in chemistry and an extensive knowledge of pub trivia Mark also has the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits, which has proved the most useful of the three over the years. In the office Mark’s role is to try and keep things running smoothly, stop the computers from breaking down and try to make sure we have the stock that we need when we need it. He also looks after our range of spirits and wines from Southern France.

Ed Orchard

Store Manager Livery Street

ed@connollyswine.co.uk

Ed joined us in June 2011. After initially studying economics in Liverpool, Ed decided that the world of finance was not for him, but sorting out people’s cellars was. So, having discovered the joys of wine, he found wine asylum with Oddbins. Five mostly happy years (the final death throes of the company not withstanding) were spent tasting, studying and selling all Bacchus had to offer with the reward of the position of General Manager of the Colmore Row branch. Following Oddbin’s demise, and unable to stand the sight of a poor wine stray wondering the streets of Birmingham, Chris took in Ed and all his fabulous expertise.


Adam Sutheran

Store Manager Dovehouse Parade

adam@connollyswine.co.uk

Gin mad, craft beer enthusiast and partial to a good bottle of red. Adam joined us in April 2014, after spending over 15 years in the hospitality industry. It was during this time that Adam discovered his enthusiasm for wines and spirits. In 2007 whilst still working full time he went back into education, studying for a BA (Hons) degree in Marketing Management, and wrote his dissertation on 'How to encourage the consumption of English and Welsh wine amongst UK consumers.' On top of these commitments, he somehow found the time to study for the WSET courses and was awarded the advanced certificate in 2010.