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The new Yapp Brothers premises in Sparkford.

After 50 years of operating out of Mere, wine merchant Yapp Brothers is moving lock, stock and barrel 15 miles west along the A303 to modern premises in Sparkford, Somerset.

One of the UK’s most-respected wine merchants, sourcing wines for Michelin-starred restaurants around the country, it has outgrown the Victorian warehouses in the centre of town that it has called home for decades. The Sparkford space includes much greater storage space, modern temperature-controlled cellars on site and purpose-built tasting rooms for the hosting of wine events.

‘It is time to move on,’ says co-owner Jason Yapp. ‘It’s served us really well for many years, but we’ve undeniably outgrown the premises. There are things that are quite charming, but they’re very anachronistic. Victorian warehousing is quite pleasant to look at but not so pleasant to store wine and work in.’

Yapp Brothers was started in 1969 by Jason Yapp’s father, Robin, and was at first a small mail-order business that operated out of Robin Yapp’s garage. It garnered a reputation for sourcing little known but fine wines from France, and moved to its central Mere location in 1972.

Today, the business is owned and run by Jason and his step-brother Tom Ashworth, and also sources a selection of German and South African wines.

Before Yapp Brothers departs Mere, the wine merchant is hosting a ‘Big Bin-End Sale’ between Thursday 23rd May – Saturday 25th May, 9.30-4.30pm at The Old Brewery, Mere, BA12 6DY.

As well as discounted bottles (including mature vintages), also on sale will be original artwork, wooden wine boxes, corkscrews and a range of wine-based paraphernalia.

Yapp Brothers Mere
The old Yapp Brothers building in Mere.
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