About Us


KWM Wine & Spirits was established in 1994 and has fast become one of the leading Independent Specialist Wine & Spirits Merchants around. We are constantly searching for new and exciting wines, spirits and beers which will complement our existing range and satisfy the needs of our discerning clients, while all the time offering the best possible price, service and value.

 

100% Customer Satisfaction

100% Customer Satisfaction

Our aim is 100% customer satisfaction each and every time and having traded online for over 7 years, our standing among our customers is second to none. If you are unsure just check out our customer reviews.

100% Guaranteed Quality

100% Guaranteed Quality

We pride ourselves on the products we sell, for without quality products, we don’t have a quality business. We only buy through authorised sources and have full traceability on all our stock. Where possible we buy direct from the producer and all our stock is stored in optimal warehouse conditions prior to sale.

100% Secure Transaction

100% Secure Transactions

We use the latest encryption technology and we are PCI Level 1 compliant, ensuring your online shopping is a safe, hassle free experience.

Easy Returns

We don’t expect you to be, but if for some reason you are not happy with your purchase at any point within 30 days of making the purchase, as long as the goods are unopened we will pick them up and issue a full refund. For problems with opened or faulty goods please refer to our terms and conditions and returns policy.

Fast & Cost Effective Shipping throughout Europe and Global Destinations

For orders placed before 11am, we dispatch same day to destinations all over the UK. Our shipments are all fully tracked and from our base in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland we safely ship product using the latest tracking technology via our shipping partners. Shipments are delivered within 48 hours from dispatch in the working week to most locations and next day using our Next Day service. Some remote areas do cost more to ship to unfortunately. Affected areas can be seen here.

Rest assured we offer the cheapest possible price for the best quality shipping and packaging to ensure your goods get to you in a timely manner and safe condition.

Get your order shipped for free in the UK* when you spend over £150!*

*Excludes Highlands and Islands designated postcodes. See shipping information here for affected areas

Safe and Secure Packaging

As we know Wines & Spirits are fragile items because almost entirely they are packaged in glass. For this reason we do not skimp on transit packaging and take the utmost care to protect your item using the award winning and industry leading AirPack technology, which not only has the ability to withstand falls and drops, it’s completely recyclable too.

 

Award Winning Store

Recently we have been shortlisted for Northern Ireland Wine Merchant of the Year 2013 & 2014 by the IWC and shortlisted by the IWSC for UK Wine Merchant of the Year 2013 and 2015. Further back we won Northern Ireland Off Licence of the Year in 2002 and been short listed for the same title several times.

Award Winning Staff

At KWM we love learning about our product’s for knowledge we believe is a key element to good service. Over the years we have had many staff members gain WSET certification. If fact while completing the WSET Diploma, Andrew won the prestigious Moet & Chandon scholarship which is one of only a small number of scholarships awarded each year and covers all the students sitting the exam throughout the world. If you have a question we are only too happy to help so please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

History

KWM Wine & Spirits started off life in the early 1980’s at its Greencastle Street location under the name Kilkeel Wine Market as a local off licence under the ownership of Matt & Nora Murphy. In 1994 the business was bought by Arnold & Jean Imrie who invested heavily in the business and property to bring it up to standard with the belief that the market was changing with more and more interest in quality Wines & Spirits and opportunities were to be had.

KWM Wine History

In early 1996 Arnold & Jean’s son Andrew joined the business direct out of school with the idea of using business as a stop gap until he discovered what it was he wanted to do. Very soon afterwards he discovered the Wine & Spirit business was for him then set about developing himself with relevant qualifications and developing the business by looking at best practice and trying to improve upon it, while all the time focused on the vision to turn the business into one of the best specialist shops not only in Northern Ireland but also the UK. The property was redeveloped in 2003 after a flood to accommodate a state-of-the-art walk in chill room, more office space and improved storage and access facilities. At this point Kilkeel Wine Market became KWM Wine & Spirits.

Currently KWM Wine & Spirits, continues to trade at the original Greencastle Street address, but has incorporated storage facilities within the area and also stores in bonded warehouse when importing from abroad. The emphasis since 2008 has been developing the website and online operation of the business which now accounts for a sizeable proportion of annual turnover. Arnold & Jean Imrie continue to take a keen interest in the business, but both retired in 2013 handing full control to their son Andrew.

Andrew's Story

Having joined the family business almost straight out of school, Andrew quickly realised that the wine and spirit world was for him. Combining a great love of travel and adventure with a keen interest in geography, the wine world was a perfect fit.

Early retail qualifications were followed by a passion for learning about wine. Recognition came soon for Andrew with awards at the WSET Higher level as the leading student in the year 2000 at that level. This led to the Charles Kinahan Award by the NIWSI. At this time Andrew felt he could develop more so enrolled in a Business Degree at UUJ while working full time. On completing this he took time out from the business in 2006 to travel the world and see the wine industry from another angle working with cult winemaker Ben Glaetzer at his cellar in the Barossa Valley learning the wine making processes first hand during the 2006 vintage. A stint in the Hunter Valley looking at viticulture followed with Hope Estate then the Australian adventure was completed by working in a leading wine specialist King & Godfree in the Italian District of Melbourne to see wine retailing from another international perspective.

On returning home Andrew set about taking himself to the next stage with the WSET Diploma. A difficult qualification for many this was completed inside half the usual time and it was during this that he achieved the prestigious Moet & Chandon Champagne Scholarship as one of the leading students in the academic year 2007/2008.

On returning from travelling along side studying for the WSET Diploma, Andrew setup what was the very first web site for the business, as this was where the future lay and still lies for the business, providing the high quality products we have access to, to a worldwide discerning clientele.