Wine expert Eugenio Ciccarelli shares a Vintner’s story…

First of all I would like to congratulate Karen for the relaunch of LoveEast. I think it is a pretty useful and informative magazine. It is also a free publication and fruit of a private enterprise: an unbiased voice from and for all the different communities in East London. As a qualified oenologist, with Master of Wine Business, and judge member for the IWSC (international Wine & Spirit Competition) I have been asked to write this column to unveil what is behind the scenes of the fascinating and multifaceted world of wine. For this issue, I shall talk about what I do for a living and the story and philosophy behind Vinarius.

Wine merchant
Vinarius (latin for vintner) is an independent wine merchant, which imports the majority of its wine from Italy, France and Spain for retail, wholesale and online distribution. So why all the troubles, logistics headaches and financial risks to source directly the wines from the producers? We could easily buy the wines from other UK importers and distributors, as most of the wine shops and restaurants do. Partly because this can give us an important commercial distinction but above all is our belief that the small wine merchants have a vital role in supporting independent viticulturists and wine producers around the world.

In Italy the term enoteca is used to describe a wine shop / wine bar that offers a range of high-quality wines and a selection of regional dishes. Our rendition of a very traditional Mediterranean concept is interpreted by a very talented and experienced Chef: Sophie Downer. She creates some wonderful dishes to match our wines, combining a compact menu with weekly specials. The philosophy is the same we use to choose our wines: great quality, genuine, earthy, homemade, no-nonsense dishes made from fresh ingredients.

We are not any ordinary restaurant and our food it about what is on offer – not on demand. See for yourself how you like the homemade pasta, the ox cheeks and polenta, friggitelli peppers, freshly baked focaccia, homemade almond and rhubarb cake and all the other food that Sophie prepares with her own hands.


Vinarius is a wine merchant and enoteca located at 536 Roman Road, E3. Food is served Tuesday to Sunday from 6:00 pm and bookings are welcome for private and corporate parties and wine tastings.
020 3302 0123
Follow Vinarius on twitter: @VinariusLondon and Instagram: @vinarius_on_the_roman