Artisan & Vine forced to close

10th February, 2012 by Lucy Shaw

Artisan & Vine in southwest London has been forced to close due to a lack of demand for local and natural wines in a recession.

Kathryn O'Mara

Kathryn O'Mara

Founder of the Battersea wine bar and shop Kathryn O’Mara (left) said that sticking to her principles on natural and local wines and food cost her the business.

“But changing to a more generic option would have cost us Artisan & Vine,” she said.

O’Mara also cited reduced consumer spend combined with a neighbourhood location as having contributed to the closure.

“As the prospect of recession came closer, it became clear that success on our neighbourhood street would require moving away from my vision of local and natural wines and food.

“Artisan wines and food simply couldn’t compete on cost with their mass produced and chemically manipulated counterparts,” O’Mara said.

“It became evident that a suburban location in this economic climate was not right for our concept,” she added.

Trends towards drinking at home helped increase off-licence sales for the business, but the wine bar rent and overheads demanded a higher ratio of on-premise sales.

Artisan & Vine has won numerous awards at international wine competitions for its championing of local and natural wines, particularly English wines.

“We leave proud in the knowledge that so many people enjoyed so many occasions – special and every day – within our humble walls.

“We are eternally grateful for the amazing support we’ve received from the wine industry, awarding bodies, neighbourhood traders and the most adventurous and enthusiastic customers and staff a wine bar could ever hope for,” O’Mara said.

A note from O’Mara on the website’s homepage reads: “Unfortunately Artisan & Vine has ceased trading. We’d love to thank you all for a wonderful three and a half years on St John’s Hill.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

2 x Buying Assistants

Berry Bros. & Rudd
Battersea and Basingstoke, UK

Temporary Christmas Sales Support - Wines & Spirits

Harrods
Knighsbridge, London, UK

Head of Wholesale

Hispamerchants Ltd
London, UK

Sales Manager

Hispamerchants Ltd
London, UK

National Sales Manager

Maverick Drinks
Field based, UK

Regional Sales Executive

EWGA
Gloucestershire, UK

Senior Content Writer

Rude Wines
Ledbury, UK

Events and Trips Manager

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
East Scotland, UK

Account Manager Central London

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London, UK

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition

Amsterdam,Netherlands
20th Nov 2017

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2017

London,United Kingdom
20th Nov 2017

The Global Spirits Masters Lunch

London,United Kingdom
1st Dec 2017
Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 16th October 2017

Green Awards 2017

Deadline : 21st October 2017

Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more