Wed 01 Apr 2015

History & Innovation



141 years ago, The Wine Society was founded at the Royal Albert Hall after the last of the International Exhibitions of the Victorian era (the legacy of the Great Exhibition of 1851). The Society has decided to go back to its roots in a wonderfully innovative and tasty way.

Coravin® system

Coravin® system

Work has already started on creating air-conditioned cellars beneath the Hall where bottles of fine wine will be stored (just like during the International Exhibition of 1874). The plan is that all will be ready by the summer of 2016, in time for the BBC Proms season.

Many members had expressed their concern that when attending Prom concerts, as well as other events at this prestigious venue, they were unable to take bottles of their favourite Society wines to their seats. This will very soon be a thing of the past. At the push of a button located in the member’s arm-rest, via the wonders of Coravin® technology linked to a network of capillary tubes, wine can be delivered directly from unopened bottles in the cellars through a tap situated right next to the button into a waiting glass. Those in the audience who are not members can sign up on the night and enjoy this facility too.

The wines available will include sparkling wine from England’s Nyetimber (to toast Land of Hope and Glory), merlot from Israel’s Clos de Gat (to accompany Jerusalem) and the Languedoc’s La Clape (to enjoy during long rounds of applause). It’s a nifty idea that we’re sure all cultured Prom-attending members will appreciate. If he were still around, we’re sure Sir Henry would …

Ewan Murray
PR Manager


  1. Is it by any chance April 1st?

  2. John McLusky says:

    Do the concerts coincide with Richard Dimbleby’s Swiss spaghetti harvest?

  3. Ben says:

    If only. The answer is still to hire a box and take the wine with you.

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