- Worshipful Company of Vintners
The Worshipful Company of Vintners is one of the Livery Companies of the
City of London, England.
History & Origins
It probably existed as early as the
12th century, and it received a Royal Charterin 1364. Due to the Royal Charter, the Company gained a monopolyover wine imports from Gascony. Also, it acquired the right to sell wine without a licence, and it became the most powerful company in the wine trade. However, in 1553, it lost its right to sell wine anywhere in the country.
Up to 2006, vintners had the right to sell wine without a licence in certain areas, such as the City of London or along the route of the old Great North Road. This right has now been abolished, but limited privileges remain. [ [http://www.vintnershall.co.uk/pages/winetrade/vpriviledge.html Reference: "Free vintners" on the Vintners' Company website] ]
One of the more peculiar rights of the Company involves the ceremony of
The Vintners' Company ranks eleventh in the
order of precedenceof Livery Companies, making it one of the "Great Twelve Livery Companies". The Company's motto is "Vinum Exhilarat Animum", Latin for "Wine Cheers the Mind".
The Vintners Hall is situated by
Southwark Bridge, in Vintry ward. The nearby "Garlickhythe" was a dock where French garlic and wine were landed, from medievaltimes.
* [http://www.vintnershall.co.uk/ The Vintners' Company]
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