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We help the world’s finest wine and spirits brands launch into the UK market and grow their market share. Led by the award-winning entrepreneur and former drinks journalist, Ben Franks FRSA. 

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Ben Franks Wine - Expert Brand Builders for Wines and Spirits

2015

Ben Franks graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. An aspiring journo, Ben was inspired to take the exam after being commissioned to interview Sam Lindo, winemaker at Camel Valley Vineyard in Cornwall, for a feature on English wines. Before graduating, he achieved Distinction in Wines & Spirits with the WSET Level 2.

Later that year, to support a new career as a wine journo, Ben sets up Ben Franks Wine, designing restaurant wine lists and hosting tasting sessions across the south west.

2016

Ben is named as one of the trade’s “rising stars” by Drink Me Magazine, an online publication. In April that year, he set up Novel Wines Ltd with importer Gyorgy Zsiga. Ben was 22 years old. As the business’ CEO and Wine Buyer, it would go on to be crowned ‘Best Specialist Retailer – Central and Eastern Europe’ three consecutive years running, picked up an IWC award for Best Southern & Eastern Europe wine range, and was named in Harper’s Best 50 Indies.

2019

Ben is described as ‘One of the UK’s leading wine buyers’ by Decanter Magazine and ‘A leading lad in the wine biz’ by Kate Hawkings in The Buyer. In the same year, Ben invests in and becomes a co-founder and director of Canned Wine Co., the UK’s first premium canned wine business. Canned Wine Co. today is stocked in the National Trust, National Gallery, Harrods, The Belfry, over 200 independents, and in export markets across Europe.

Building on the success of his wine businesses, Ben relaunches his consultancy focusing on wine and spirits’ route to market.

2020

Ben is recognised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and is nominated to become a member. The nomination is partly for his entrepreneurialism in wine and spirits, and for his work with young entrepreneurs through mentoring and supporting Bath Spa University, Bath College, University of West England, and Beechen Cliff School Sixth Form.

2021

In 2021, 6 years into the wine trade, Ben passed the WSET Diploma in Wines.

Ben Franks at 8 Stony Street wine bar

People, Place, Moments.

Ben’s passion for wine comes from his love of stories. Wine is about people, provenance and the moments in which it’s shared. Part of this passion involves building an enviable network of people in the trade and a level of trust that wins you business. It also means we have the pleasure to choose who we work with, meaning we only work with the best. If you would like to read more about Ben’s journey, or book a no obligation call, click below.

Part of a great consultancy is perpective. Ben works with an array of exceptional people both in and out of the wine trade to provide the whole picture to his clients at Ben Franks Wine. Many of our team share regular insights right here on our website, while others are invaluable in making introductions and ensuring all the administration goes smoothly so you can focus on your brand’s success. Find out all about Ben’s team by clicking the link below.

Ben Franks Wine Ltd is a company registered in England & Wales (12077133). VAT Reg GB 420 0517 56.