ABOUT US

Milestone Wines

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple. We seek to offer customers;

  • Great quality wines
  • Wines with character
  • Wines that offer outstanding value for money
  • Efficient, friendly and supportive service

How we started

Milestone Wines began trading in March 2017 following a management buyout of the wine trade division of Bowland Forest Vintners (The Inn at Whitewell Ltd). Less than a year later we purchased Aussie Rules Ltd, which (as the names suggests), bolstered our portfolio with host of high-quality Australian producers. We are an ambitious and dynamic company with a huge passion for wine.

Our Range

Our range includes a selection of some of the best producers across the world. We take a flexible approach to wine buying. Rather than trying to add wines to ‘fill gaps’ within our existing range, if we discover something compelling for customers, we move quickly to enhance our offering.

Our Wine Quality

We are uncompromising when quality is concerned, and our aim is to always provide our customers with exceptional value for money. We view intrinsic quality as hugely important – it is a factor that is regularly overlooked when people discuss ‘value for money’. Milestone regularly rejects wines that may be compelling from a commercial perspective, yet lack inherent wine quality.

Our People

Led by Master of Wine, Miles Corish, Milestone believes that great staff make the difference between an average business and one that is truly successful. For this reason, we continue to invest heavily in our staff, supporting them with their ongoing development. All staff are Wine and Spirt Education Trust (WSET) qualified, some to Diploma level.

Service

Through the quality of our staff, we aim to offer our customers the best possible customer service. Our internal remit is to go the extra mile and we make every effort to make sure that we put our customers at the forefront of our operation.

The Team

Miles Corish

MASTER OF WINE

Miles is a Master of Wine, one of only a handful in the north of the UK and one of only 370 Masters of Wine in the world.

Email: miles@milestonewines.co.uk
Phone: 07855 806 681

Miles Corish

MASTER OF WINE

Miles is a Master of Wine, one of only a handful in the north of the UK and one of only 370 Masters of Wine in the world. Miles currently consults to and through Milestone, supplies some of the best restaurants in the North of England, working with them on wine list design, food and wine matching and staff education. In addition, Miles enjoys an expanding role working with key UK retailers and wholesalers.

As well as running Milestone Wines, Miles is a WSET Educator, judges at international wine competitions, consults for the off-trade and whenever time allows, returns to the Hunter Valley in Australia to make wine.

Born and educated in Australia, Miles’ career in wine began working for Marie Brizzard – supplying some of Sydney’s top restaurants, bars and wine retailers with wines and spirits. After a two-year stint, Miles left Australia and travelled to Yorkshire, England to fulfil a short-term contract to play professional cricket. Whilst in the UK the diversity of the wine offering and the opportunity to learn via WSET proved enticing and after a brief return to Australia, Miles moved to England to further a career in wine.

Whilst in the UK, and following a vintage at Tyrrells in 2001, Miles continued to travel back to the Hunter Valley (Australia) on a regular basis to work as an assistant winemaker. His passion for winemaking along with the generous assistance from family, friends and colleagues, enabled him to fulfil one of his dreams and become a wine brand owner.

Success at WSET Diploma and winning the Champagne Academy Golden Magnum award for best student, proved sufficient encouragement to pursue a long-held ambition to study for the Master of Wine. Happily, this was successfully completed in 2015.

Email: miles@milestonewines.co.uk
Phone: 07855 806 681

Mark Motley

DIRECTOR OF AGENCY SALES

Read law at university which quite literally drove him to drink as he joined Tanners Wines in Shrewsbury immediately afterward where he spent nine happy years, ultimately as a wine buyer.

Email: mmotley@milestonewines.co.uk
Phone: 07866 600 340

Mark Motley

DIRECTOR OF AGENCY SALES

Read law at university which quite literally drove him to drink as he joined Tanners Wines in Shrewsbury immediately afterward where he spent nine happy years, ultimately as a wine buyer. Four further positions in the trade ensued that involved selling wine to the Independent Trade, the latter two at director level.

In another life he is a sometime dairy farmer who quickly learnt, when between jobs, that selling wine is more fun than milking cows. Married, with two (almost) grown up children, he lives on his family’s farm in rural Staffordshire but conveniently close to the M6 for travelling in all directions. He is an avid follower of both rugby and cricket and a keen fly fisherman who is getting tantalisingly close to catching his century of salmon.

Email: mmotley@milestonewines.co.uk
Phone: 07866 600 340

Larana Cavannagh

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

A highly skilled and motivated senior manager with over 18 years accounting/financial experience.

Email: larana@milestonewines.co.uk
Phone: 01200 613 122

Larana Cavannagh

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

A highly skilled and motivated senior manager with over 18 years accounting/financial experience, a team player and leader, committed to goals whether personal, departmental, or corporate. A proven track record in leading and directing, decision making and ensuring that the priorities of the business are communicated in the correct manner.

Email: larana@milestonewines.co.uk
Phone: 01200 613 122

James Nixon

ON TRADE SALES MANAGER

James has now been working in the food and hospitality industry for over twenty years. In this time he has worked in all areas from the kitchen, to front of house management.

James Nixon

ON TRADE SALES MANAGER

James has now been working in the food and hospitality industry for over twenty years. In this time he has worked in all areas from the kitchen, to front of house management. But his true love is that of the noble grape. Under the supervision of Miles he has recently completed WSET Level 2 qualifications (with Merit).

Outside of wine James is a husband, father and avid record collector. “I’ve often been asked in the past “what’s your favourite album” and to this I have no answer, this is also true of wine. That said I’m currently listening to “I’m easy to find” by “The National” whilst drinking a fine Albarino from Rias Baixas. But who knows what tomorrow will bring?”

Chris Taylor

WAREHOUSING & DISTRIBUTION

Chris has been with us since we commenced in 2017 and is a fundamental part of the Milestone’s on-trade operations.

Chris Taylor

WAREHOUSING & DISTRIBUTION

Chris has been with us since we commenced in 2017 and is a fundamental part of the Milestone’s on-trade operations. Chris has a long history in systems and logistics. Chris continues to develop our internal stock and delivery systems, future-proofing our logistics so that as we grow, we continue to offer customers great service.

Apart from organising our logistics, Chris lives a double life, transforming, whenever possible into a lead guitarist in his own rock band!

Aside from work, Chris is a husband and father and brings about an element of balance to Milestone, ensuring that we are always keeping in the ‘here and now’.

Andrew Williams

LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION

Andrew works as a vital part of our logistics and distribution. Previous to joining Milestone, he worked within sales and marketing with a stint as an engineer.

Andrew Williams

LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION

Andrew works as a vital part of our logistics and distribution. Previous to joining Milestone, he worked within sales and marketing with a stint as an engineer. In his spare time, Andrew is an avid golfer (complaining that he never has enough time anymore), a follower of motor sports and a frequenter of a number of Milestone accounts!

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