WineSpark, the online wine club that offers exclusive wines at member prices, has announced it has shipped its 100,000th bottle as it celebrates two years in business.
The Irish company recorded sales of €1.3 million over the past 12 months, an increase of 30% on the previous year, as Irish wine drinkers embrace a new way of buying wine online.
Customers subscribe to WineSpark for €10 per month to unlock access to exclusive wines at member prices. Winespark said members typically save 40% on every bottle, and an average of €96 on every order.
The business counts 14 of the world’s most renowned winemakers as its investors, including Federico Cerelli, who made Tignanello and Solaia at Marchesi Antinori, and Franck Massard, formerly of Familia Torres in Spain.
The top selling reds include Gerd Stepp’s Pinot Noir Buntsandstein at €22.71 (traditional RRP €36) and Benjamin Darnault’s Mas Calamiac Minervois at €19.89 (vs €30).
Mantel Blanco Verdejo is the leading white, at €16.15 per bottle, compared to €23 in the shops.
Bordeaux Wine Tasting Day
The day includes intimate visits to two wineries (Château Leydet-Valentin and Château Villemaurine) and a craft whisky distillery in Saint-Emilion, where members will experience Bordeaux as insiders rather than tourists.
Tickets, priced at €160 per person, are on sale at Eventbrite now.
'A Refreshing Change'
"It’s high-time Irish wine drinkers had access to better value quality wines, and WineSpark is a refreshing change to the status quo of dull supermarkets and expensive wine shops," said Eamon FitzGerald, founder of WineSpark.
"I’d like to thank all of our members for making our early success possible, and I can’t wait to see what year three and beyond brings."