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Where it all began

Our story starts in 1830 when 2 brothers, Charles and Joseph Dingwall started a wine and spirits business in London. They were soon joined by another couple of brothers, Richard and Bernard Portal. The company expanded and by 1892, when Arthur Norris joined and brought Lemon Hart Rum with him, the company were already sole proprietors and shippers of Fonseca port and had important concerns in Glenlivet whisky as well as sherry, brandy and French wines.

The business continued to grow, acquiring 2 rum merchants during the Great Depression, selling off their whisky interests at the start of the Second World War and taking in Lamb’s Navy Rum and Red Heart Rum when they were bombed out of their premises. Soon after the war, the 3 companies merged to become United Rum Merchants.

URM was, in turn, folded into Allied Breweries then Allied Lyons and finally Allied Domecq, until in 1993, Philip Portal acquired his ancestor’s business trading name for his own budding wine and spirits shop, Ivy Wines. Philip still runs the business today and has built a team as passionate about wine and spirits as he is.

PDN today

These days, we aim to have a wide range of both wines and spirits which are varied and unique. We strive to build great relationships with our suppliers, ensuring we pass nothing but quality and great value on to our customers.

Our team enjoy sourcing interesting, great-tasting new products whilst maintaining the level of quality and individuality we look for and value in all our stock. We now supply restaurants and pubs as well as weddings, corporate events and, of course, individuals.

Meet the Team

Philip Portal

Role: Buying stock, Trade account management

Favourites: Pouilly-Vinzelles, Chateau des Graviers Quintessence Margaux and Edmond Rentz Gewurztraminer Froehn

I also enjoy: Snooker, sailing, DIY and playing on my tractor at home in France.

Jane Portal

Role: Finance, Menu design and production

Favourites: La Bri Syrah, Chateau Ricardelle Vignelacroix and Grande Dauphine Liqueur

I also enjoy: Sewing, reading and spending time in my garden in France

Carl Saunders

Role: Trade account management, Sourcing new stock

Favourites: Cargo Cult rum, Citadelle No Mistakes Old Tom and Domaine Denis Pinot Noir

I also enjoy: Golf and Gin and Tonics!

Felicity Brown

Role: Digital marketing, Social media

Favourites: Edmond Rentz Gewurztraminer Froehn, Saint Christophe Montbazillac and Corner 53 Pomelo gin

I also enjoy: Photography, baking and canoeing

Jamie Ward

Role: Deliveries, Warehouse

Favourites: Pedro Ximenez and Vouvray demi-sec

I also enjoy: Lawn bowls, snooker, art and spending time with my family

Lucia Primrose

Role: Retail, Telephone orders

Favourites: Chateau des Graviers Margaux, Sancerre Ultimus and Ladies Edition Spring Gin

I also enjoy: Sailing, cooking and spending time with my family

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