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.
We also supply wholesale to restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and conference centres across Birmingham and The West Midlands.
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.
220 Livery Street,
Birmingham B3 1EU
0121 236 3837
Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 18:30
Sat: 10:00 – 16:00
379 Warwick Road,
0121 709 3734
Mon – Thurs: 10:00 – 20:00
Fri & Sat: 10:00 – 21:00
Sun: 12:00 – 19:00
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.
220 Livery Street,
Birmingham B3 1EU
0121 794 6636
Mon: 10:00 – 19:00
Tues - Sat: 10:00 - 23:00
Sun: 12:00 - 20:00
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
Company Secretary and Accounts Manager
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.
Purchasing Manager, IT Coordinator and Helpdesk
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.
Store Manager Livery Street
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.
Store Manager Dovehouse Parade
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.
Sales Advisor/Event Co-ordinator.
After agreeing to move to the UK from his native (and much warmer!) South Africa, Lucas initially worked for Majestic Wines, before joining Connolly's in May 2012. In South Africa, he established his own Wine Tourism business and enjoyed helping others experience the wonders of the Cape Winelands. His favourite wines include Pinotage, Shiraz and Bordeaux Blends, Pinot Noir and many more.
"With over a decade of experience in the South African Wine Industry, living in the UK has offered me the chance to travel and sample wines in their native surroundings including as far afield as New Zealand. I have also discovered the delights of Real Ale and enjoy sampling the many on offer in this locality and from Connolly's. I studied for my WSET Advanced Certificate and the fact that the UK has access to so many different wines from different countries - I am enjoying expanding my knowledge and discovering as many as I can."
Growing up in Italy, I was introduced to wine by a friend of my father’s, who owned a winery at the time in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. Wine has always been a fascinating world for me, and for this reason, I now dedicate most of my time to improve my wine knowledge as well as my tasting skills.
I am currently studying to complete my WSET Diploma, having already completed my WSET level 3 in wine and spirits with a merit.
At 19 I moved to the USA to go to college, and to sustain myself while studying, I started working in the hospitality industry where I continued working for more than 10 years. During this time my liking and interest for wine turned into my passion.
Eventually, I moved to England where I have been living for 5 years (and counting). I worked for the Laithwaite’s Solihull branch before moving to Connolly’s wine.