The Wine and Spirit Trade Association, based in London, represents the wine industry on a national basis. It is supported by a number of regional associations, of which the West of England is one of the largest and very active.


The West of England Wine and Spirit Association was formed in 1966. Our role is to provide high quality wine education in our local area and fun learning opportunities for all members in the form of tastings and tours to winegrowing regions. We represent our local trade members’ views to our parent association and keep our members up to date with important wine industry news.


We currently have over 150 active members and if you are not a member we would love you to join us. Membership is open to interested members of the public as well as to those employed in the wine and spirit industry in the south-west and is a fantastic way to make friends and network in the trade as well as giving you the opportunity to travel, learn and above all expand your knowledge whilst having fun.


We also raise funds for the Wine and Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society for those who have been employed in the trade and are in unfortunate circumstances.

Charitable activities

We support the Wine & Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society to raise funds for those employed in or retired from the trade who are in unfortunate circumstances.

The Wine and Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society was founded in 1886 and has over 500 beneficiaries in the U.K.

Help is provided to any person (or their partner) who has worked in the Drinks industry: shops, pubs, breweries, distilleries, warehouses or offices, for more than five years and now needs help. Old, young, retired, ill, disabled, the Benevolent may provide one off or regular financial grants, sheltered accommodation, care home facilities, advice, support and friendship. Help is given to some people in their own homes and also for residents on two estates, at Eastbourne in Sussex and Chorley in Lancashire.