Old Chapel Cellars is an independent wine merchant based in Truro, Cornwall. We are proud to be one of the top indie wine merchants in UK.
Our roots lie in the former Laymont & Shaw, who were widely regarded as the UK’s premier importer of fine Spanish wines. We aim to deal directly with wineries wherever possible and import wines from all over the world – not just Spain.
We have a very relaxed and friendly shop based in Truro, Cornwall where, pre-Covid, we held regular tastings and events. We have an online wine store where you can browse and buy wine. We offer free delivery anywhere in the UK for orders over £99 and a click and collect service with no minimum order value. Alongside retail we also service corporate clients and have some excellent on-trade accounts including some of the county's best hotels and restaurants.
JAmie and louisa - co owners
Friends through wine and living in Truro, Jamie and Louisa had know each other for a number of years before deciding to join forces at Old Chapel Cellars. Both know how to ship wine from around the world, both enjoy selling wine but there is a natural split of responsibilities. Jamie preferring the intricacies and detail of purchasing, inventory and finance. Louisa more at ease with sales and marketing. Both studied in Europe giving them linguistic skills in Spanish, German and pigeon French. Both from the same port vintage (1977) they have each spent over 20 years in the wine trade and now enjoy working together in partnership to build on the success of their very unique business.
I got into wine through turning up in the shop as a customer and getting to know Jamie. We'd taste wine and sometimes play the odd game of chess. They were short handed for a tasting one evening and I volunteered to help out and it went from there. I was coming to the end of my fire service career and wondering what to do next when Jamie suggested that I join the team at Old Chapel. They supported me through my Level 2 and Level 3 WSET qualifications and you never stop learning on the job. Before working here I used to like big reds but now I prefer whites. I really like the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi from Italy. My favourite part of the job is meeting interesting people.
I joined Old Chapel Cellars as a Graphic Designer where I carried out a complete rebranding of the business as well as creating a new company wine list brochure. Now the Digital Marketing Manager I have taken over the online side of the business which included creating the new website. In a short time I have found a great enjoyment learning about the world of wine and hope to visit some vineyards in New Zealand and Australia on my travels later in the year. With thanks the guys here, I have now completed my Level 2 WSET qualification and look forward to continuing this learning journey. Favouring lighter styles of white I enjoy many from our Italian range including our Gavi. I also really enjoy a selected few from our Rioja range like our Palacio del Camino Real.
My entry into the wine world came through working in hospitality and dealing with our wine supplier there. They were a small independent shop and I eventually joined them part-time until they closed in 2019. I'm really excited to be working for another independent wine business, this time as store manager and with a lot more experience and the WSET Level 2 and 3 under my belt! I'm looking forward to getting to know all our lovely customers and working with Jamie and Louisa to maintain and build upon our brilliant range of wines. I've already got a couple of favourites from tasting (for research purposes of course), including the Glenwood Chardonnay and Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon. If you like rich whites and smooth, big reds, I'm your guy!