We launched as a platform for people who share our passion.


Our father David Bates Snr, inspired us to launch The Big Wine Shop and it's in his entrepreneurial footsteps that we have ventured. Founded with the same values that he, and our mother instilled in us;

Trust, authenticity, loyalty, fearlessness and hard work

Our shared love for family, food, travel & culture has brought us together to collaborate on a project that has already transformed our lives.

As we embark on this journey of discovery we will use these core values and our shared passion for wine, to realise our vision; to become one of the UK’s leading distributors of wine.


John Bates

John has worked in the events and hospitality industry for 20 years. Passionate about business, travel, sport and wine, John has worked for two FSTE100s and has previously launched and sold two successful media businesses.  

Tom Bates

Ex-Professional Footballer, Tom has forged a career in property where he worked as a senior executive for several well established property businesses. Current Head Coach for Coventry United Tom is dedicated to working with and developing future talent. 

David Bates

Dave has been a Teaching Professional for over 20 years. Running Sports, English and Maths departments Dave has dedicated his life to helping kids whilst nurturing the next generation of teaching professionals. Fitness enthusiast, luxury travel junkie and fine wine fanatic.