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Beaujolais today is one of the best value wines of Europe. Many of these wines have a remarkable ability to age, are produced by small producers from spectacular vineyards and are a fraction of the cost of many other historic wine regions.Spring is well and truly here and what better time of the year to drink […]

This tasting will bring together some of the humble and unsung wines of Italy. Italian wine has a long history of the table, regional wines which are modestly priced and designed to be consumed with local cuisine. While the regions of Piemonte and Tuscany have risen to the heady heights of international acclaim (and in […]

The Prince Wine Store Introductory Wine Course has been developed in order to teach interested consumers, amateurs and industry beginners about the various aspects of wine, simply and informally. While the course covers topics such as basic wine history, wine making, great wine regions of the world and the buying and storing of wine, a […]

Annual Rose & Sausages Tasting Melbourne 2018

$15.00 per person
5:30 pm Thursday

It’s that time of year again, our Annual Rose and Sausages night is on at South Melbourne. This is always one of our most fun and enjoyable events of the year (except that one year when it bucketed down with rain all night long and the guys cooking the snags got drenched). BBQ season is […]

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Gift Vouchers – The perfect gift for the wine lover

A Prince Wine Store Gift voucher is the perfect gift for the wine lover who is difficult to buy for. Vouchers can be used at any of the three Prince Wine Stores or Bellota and canbe redeemed for orders placed online for delivery Australia Wide. Vouchers can be used for the purchase of all goods, […]

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The partners who curate Prince Wine Store can help you find the perfect wine

Michael McNamara

London’s traditional wine merchants were an inspiration for the early visions Michael had for a business that he would later grow as Prince Wine Store.  After completing degrees in Journalism and Industrial Relations at Deakin and Melbourne Universities respectively, Michael moved to London where he worked with UK independent wine retailer Odd Binns at the height of its popularity. Returning to Australia, he worked across wine retail and importing, moving into the role of Imported Wine Buyer at Philip Murphy Wine & Spirits where he met future business partner Alex Wilcox.  The two bonded over a shared vision in growing the customer base for high-end wines such as Bordeaux and Burgundy beyond the elite.  His time as a partner at Italian wine wholesaler Trembath & Taylor refined his vision, but it was his buy-in of the Prince Wine Store in 2003 that allowed him to explore the potential of a retailer growing beyond its scope. Michael has played a key role in the group’s growth beyond its humble beginnings, and into the bigger picture it projects today. Now with retail stores in Melbourne and Sydney, Michael is passionate about growing the group’s impressive portfolio of producers, and profiling these in their Melbourne wine bar, Bellota and its upcoming Sydney equivalent.

Alex Wilcox

Law school didn’t stand a chance with Alex Wilcox, when a cycling trip through the vineyards of Europe during university sent Alex off in a new direction towards what would become a lifelong career in the world of wine. Whilst completing an Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney, with a year spent at California’s UC Davis focusing on Wine Trade, Alex worked wine vintages in France, Tuscany and Western Australia. Realising he wasn’t destined to inherit a European vineyard, Alex followed his future wife to Melbourne where he went onto work across all aspects of wine trade, including service, retail and importing. It was during his time working at Phillip Murphy Wine & Spirits in the late 1990s that Alex met future business partner Michael McNamara; a partnership that was formalized when the two bought into the Prince Wine Store a number of years later. Over the last 13 years, Alex has been instrumental in the growth not just of the group and its breadth of offerings, but of lesser-known, quality wine producers he has worked with Michael to source and develop. With stores now in Victoria and NSW, Alex looks forward to expanding the Prince Wine Store’s customer experience to Sydney and beyond.


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