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 focussed 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 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: 10:00 – 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
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed is based at 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
Francis@connollyswine.co.uk (Francis is based at Dovehouse)
Francis has over 30 years in the wine business, split between small UK independents (selling Ch. Lafite Rothschild to the Hong Kong Chinese) and the old, high street chains, including managing various Bottoms Up, Thresher & Wine Rack stores in the South-West and in Hampshire. Holder of the WSET Diploma and very widely travelled in the world of wine. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt!
Favourite wines include sumptuous, sweet rieslings (particularly German BA, TBA & Eiswein) and venerable, mellow Gran Reserva reds from Rioja.
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."
Sales Advisor/Event Co-ordinator
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.