Career outlook for wine merchant
UK Salary Ranges
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would work as a buyer, importer or retail manager. You would buy wine from growers and shippers to sell in Scotland, or manage sales for a large business.
As a wine merchant on the high street, you would:
- Order and display stock
- Organise events such as wine tastings
- Serve customers and offer advice on wines
- Take payment for goods
- Manage sales targets
- Keep accounts and records
- Hire, train and manage staff
It would be improtant to understand and follow the legal rules for the sale of alcohol.
You could also become a specialist buyer or importer. You might often travel abroad to find new wines. You would:
- Visit vineyards, and wine producers’ cellars and production areas
- Discuss prices
- Check production standards
- Build relationships with producers
- Comply with UK and EU wine laws and taxes
- Work with wholesalers in the UK who sell to restaurants, hotels and shops
You could also operate as an independent wine merchant, finding and buying your own stock and selling it from a shop, by mail order or online. You would buy wine, usually from importers, advertise it for sale and send out orders. You might also go to wine tastings in the UK.
UK employment status
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