The Vintners' Company
The Vintners' Company, with its first Charter in 1364, is ranked eleventh out of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London.
With its origins steeped in the history of the City of London, and the import, regulation and sale of wine, the company continues to maintain strong links with the UK Wine Trade, with Vintners' Hall known as the trade's spiritual home.
With its trade, social, charitable and educational interests, the Company continues to play an important role in the 21st Century. The twentieth century was marked by a steady progress towards the Company's renewed interest in and support for its trade, culminating in the granting of a new Charter on the 20th August, 1973. This Charter authorised the Company to set up the Wine Standards Board to which the Government has delegated certain responsibilities for enforcing the E.U. Wine Laws. The Wine Standards Board transferred to the Food Standards Agency in 2006 and the Company's association with it ceased. In 2006 the Company began an association with the Wine and Spirits Trades Association.