Lot18’s UK is now closed

The UK branch of of Lot18 is to close after only four months of operation in the UK. The supermarkets’ stranglehold on the UK market was too powerful for Lot18 to compete.

UK’s Lot18 website is now closed. The following note can be read:

Lot18 has decided to close its operations in the UK, effictive Monday 23rd July 2012. We wish to thank all our members for their support, and we hope you enjoyed our service as much as we enjoyed providing it.

Please feel free to visit out US site, www.lot18.com.

Happy Drinking

The Lot18 UK Team “

An official statement released few days ago explained the reason behind.

“Lot18 has decided to close its operations in the UK at the end of this week. UK wine lovers who came to us early on stayed with us, and continued to buy wines from Lot18. They liked that we brought something different to the UK wine scene, which remains the most competitive in the world. Unfortunately, the supermarkets’ stranglehold on the UK market proved too powerful for us to compete with and we have not experienced the anticipated growth rate.

The company is making this strategic decision now, which includes letting go of Lot18 UK’s 6 full-time employees, after a short time to ensure that the financial and logistical expenses of UK operations don’t slow Lot18’s excellent progress in the U.S. There, Lot18 has just under 1 million members, and just sold its millionth bottle. Lot18 will remain active elsewhere in Europe, South America and Australasia, sourcing truly exceptional wines for its members.”

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Co-founder of Vinivino. His passion for wine started for over a decade. Guy-Jacques followed wine teaching courses from sommelier François Chartier and from the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) in addition to attending various wine tasting events. He founded Vinivino with the goal of bringing the wine accessible to everyone.

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