When it comes to wine, I doubt whether there is anyone more knowledgeable of his trade in the region than Duncan Murray, his wife Megan and and their very likeable team!
Megan and Duncan Murray
And yet with all their knowledge, you'll find no snobbery - just raw infectious passion to help you choose the best wine for an occasion to suit your palate, and all in a very friendly and fun environment.
And their enthusiasm doesn't stop with wine - they are equally passionate about their range of beers and spirits - a wide range of Gins in store, including Camden's Half Hitch, Misty Isle from Skye and Citadelle from France.
It all started for Duncan after a college visit to Bordeaux in 1989, where he discovered his incredible passion for wine and after learning his trade at Oddbins and working the French vineyards, Duncan and Megan finally opened their shop in Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough in December 2001.
It was just the beginning and now 17 years later, Duncan Murray Wines is highly respected as one of the most formidable independent wine merchants in the country.
It has been nationally recognised in recent years for:
Well for a start, you won't find any product in the shop that hasn't been thoroughly inspected, tasted and approved, resulting in a staggering 97% being rejected!
The wines, beers and spirits selected are special and many unlikely to be found in other retail shops.
The services provided are exceptional - informative and directly aimed to help you enjoy wine at its best, whatever the occasion.
If you have an event coming up, a business event, a party or perhaps a wedding, Duncan Murray Wines are there to help with a range of services and expert advice, offering:
“Faultless service and a very good Sauvignon, which was clearly observed by a significant number of guests, as there was precious little left!” Richard Ferrand Organisation
"Thank you so much for supplying the booze for our wedding, it went down a treat. We cannot recommend you enough - comprehensive, professional and friendly service." Josie & Gareth S.
The Wunderbar 'popped up' for business within the shop in August 2017 and has since proved to be a staggering success, opening Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 4pm to 9pm.
You can 'pop in' for a drink and enjoy lovingly chosen wines and beer in a quite unique setting. There are even nibbles to enjoy too!
For fun and free informal tastings, you are invited to come along to the regular tastings and try the weekly selection of wines or beers with a guide to each one and an opportunity to purchase. If interested, you can just show up!
You can even try a tasting masterclass and be guided through some great tastes at one of the events planned throughout the year. The 2018 Masterclass Calendar can be found here and you can get tickets from the shop. Gin, Belgian beer, French wines and much more! You can also keep an eye on the 'What's On Guide' to find details of the next event.
The Duncan Murray Wines Website is full of information for the wine enthusiast - you can learn about specific wines from various regions, watch Duncan's excellent videos for menu matching, or catch up with the latest news.
Wines Newsletters & Events:
You can join Duncan's mailing list (highly recommended) to receive regular e-newsletters with up to date news, tips and advice or see past issues - all by clicking this link below:
(We can vouch for the quality of the content, but not always the jokes!)
If you haven't discovered Duncan Murray Wines yet, we highly recommend you call in and enjoy the warm reception. Or why not attend one of the Saturday wine tastings and try something a little different while discovering its origins?
To find out more, call: 01858 464935
Please mention 'The Bestof Market Harborough' when you call.
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Shop Opening Times:
Tuesday: 10am-7pm (closed for siesta 2.30-3.30pm)
Wednesday: 10am-9pm (closed for siesta 2.30-3.30pm)
Thursday: 10am-9pm (closed for siesta 2.30-3.30pm)
Friday: 10am-9pm (closed for siesta 2.30-3.30pm)
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Wine Bar Opening Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 4pm - 9pm
Try as you buy - Wunderbar - try the wines by the glass-cheaper than buy a bottle. Knowledgeable staff.
Great business etiquette to all, expert but not intimidatory.
Knowledgable and friendly staff, great selection and 'try before you buy' pop up wine bar, tasting classes and more. So much more than a booze shop! No need to go anywhere else!
I am clueless but they are patient always and I always like what I buy.
Lovely wine and beer, great service and facilities. I like the barrels!