About us

Andrew Wilson

'Virtually born into the wine trade' (a line stolen from a Baron Philippe de Rothschild promotional video), Andrew's had an idyllic career and lives and breathes the business that he started nearly 20 years ago. With a great palate and love of good wine, but more importantly an approachable manner in sharing his vast knowledge of the subject, Andrew is no stranger to the world of spirits either.

His ability to host events with such success is put down to decades working alongside the hospitality industry as an ally to the wine trade. He once described running a wedding as very similar to hosting guests at a vineyard, but with a different outcome! The hundreds and hundreds of events he has organised all share the same common thread of being done well and being done properly... the many ‘thank you’ cards that adorn his offices are a clear sign of how much this means to him.

This year Andrew has fulfilled an ambition by entering the world of full-scale catering with the acquisition of Sugnall Walled Garden, where he has already put his unique stamp on this new part of the business.

He believes he will never retire, as he says, why would he want to? Father of five, Grandfather of two, his constant companions are his three dogs Babara, Dorothy and Millie – who Clare hates.

Clare Wilson

A reluctant recruit to the business and the most unlikely member of the wine trade, Clare is the ‘chalk’ to Andrew’s ‘cheese’. They often describe themselves as ‘Jack Spratt and his wife’. However, you will never find a more successful wine sales person and business woman than Clare, who has been the ‘rock’ that has kept AW Wines steady and allowed the company the freedom to diversify.

She is much loved by the customers of Old School Wines for her no nonsense approach to recommendations and her open and warm approach to every customer. By her own admission she doesn’t care ‘which side of the river it came from’ or ‘what soil it grew on’ - her only recommendation is ‘will the customer like it?’ – and in that area she has an amazing skill and ability.

Clare is also renowned for her love of gift wrapping and demonstrates her creative flare with everything connected to the business, from table colours in the Sugnall Tearoom to pictures on an Old School email. More recently she has been the driving force behind the Gin Jamboree venture and loves nothing more than converting others to the new wave of artisan Gins.

A lifelong vegetarian, but not because of a love of animals (especially Andrew’s dogs), Clare is a Lancashire lass through and through. She still has strong connections with the county – in particularly Lytham St Annes where her family still live.



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A question they are frequently asked. They say it is the ability to work openly together, with the understanding that debate and even argument will be a part of everyday life, but that decisions and often tough decisions will need to be made. Once they are made, then you need to move on together. It also helps if you complement each other...

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Opened over a decade ago, the beautiful Old School House building at Tittensor is the home to AW Wines retail, wholesale and on-line business. Known as ‘the Tittensor Temple of Temptation’ it boasts an impressive collection of ‘hand-picked’ wines, spirits, gifts and craft beers.

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This magnificently restored Edwardian walled garden dating back to 1737 is home to AW Wines wedding, event and catering business. It is also the venue for their Appreciation Days ‘experience’ courses and all kinds of activities during the year from rare plant sales to their annual Jazz & Blues Festival.

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This rapidly expanding phenomenon sees AW Wines travel the length and breadth of the country promoting the ‘new-wave’ of artisan Gins in a cool, fun, festival style event. From small beginnings a few years ago, these Jamboree’s attract hundreds of visitors and usually sell out in a matter of days.

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