Worshipful Company of Vintners

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 Charter in 1364. Due to the Royal Charter, the Company gained a monopoly over 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 Swan Upping.

The Vintners' Company ranks eleventh in the order of precedence of 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 medieval times.


External links

* [http://www.vintnershall.co.uk/ The Vintners' Company]

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