Name a better combination than private members’ clubs and copious amounts of incredible wine. I’ll wait. Now on the rise to cater for the increasing number of grape aficionados, many of the world’s private members’ clubs have created their very own wine societies, offering members exclusive tastings, cellar tours, storage and even trips to some of the most famous vineyards. So, if you have the cash to splash and wish to indulge your inner oenophilia, here are the best wine-focused private members’ clubs to join now.
Paul McSharry founded California’s Osiris Club to not only offer its members exclusive bottles and event invitations but also to help them create their very own wine. Perfect for those who wish to try the vinification process for themselves (without the stress of running a vineyard), Osiris members can choose from grapes grown in the club’s native Napa Valley, as well as from partnership wineries in France, Italy, Argentina and Chile to derive their own concoction. Plus, each member is designated an on-hand expert to help guide them through the process too, from harvesting to pressing and bottling to personalised labelling.
The Osiris membership is split into two tiers – Sovereign and Midas – and ranges from $40k-100k. Rest assured that you’ll be getting bang for your buck as both tiers include lifetime hereditary membership, custom-designed labels and the opportunity to create wines with other members, alongside your own bottles. Quintessentially membership is also included in the price, promising access to the world-leading luxury concierge agency’s exclusive private dinners, parties and tasting events. Wine-orientated holidays are on the programme too, with Osiris coordinating group trips to some of the world’s best vineyards, with the next one taking place in Napa Valley next month.
67 Pall Mall
Having opened its doors in the heart of the capital in 2015, with a raison d’être to become the private members’ club ‘founded by wine lovers, for wine lovers’, 67 Pall Mall has become one of the most successful of its kind with the brand now including sister branches in Singapore and Verbier, as well as further openings in Baune and Bordeaux planned for 2025. Inside the St James’ address, discover club rooms and lounges adorned with the building’s historic oak panelling and an array of art as well as plush banquettes, cushioned chairs and striking bars. Downstairs, members are welcome to store their wine in the club’s extensive cellar (once a bank vault used by the building’s former occupier, Hambros Bank) which you can enjoy while onsite or request to be delivered to an address once you’re ready to pop it open. Attentive staff ensure the vault remains at optimum wine conditions while a bespoke air handling system maintains the temperature between 13-14 degrees Celsius and 65-70 per cent humidity.
However, if the membership you’re looking for is more about the tastings than wine storage, 67 Pall Mall may also be right up your street. With an annual membership cost of £2,500 and boasting one of the largest wine lists in the world, featuring more than 6,000 wines from 52 countries, the London outpost uses Coravin technology so members can discover more than 1,000 wines by the glass while learning from a 19-strong sommelier team. Stuck for choice? The bar’s iPad wine list features reviews, tasting notes and producer profiles, while decadent dishes courtesy of executive chef Michael Gray can be ordered to your table at the click of a finger.
An international club catering for oenophiles in Vienna, Washington DC and its native Germany, WineBANK was the brainchild of Christian Rhuess, who wanted to create a special place where wine enthusiasts could come together day and night to share their passion. The first WineBANK opened in his hometown of Rheingau and the most recent addition to the portfolio is WineLAIR in Washington DC’s bustling West End neighbourhood, offering a unique approach to the US wine market as well as access to the brand’s roster of events, tastings, parties and more.
Membership here includes access to all sites, ideal for those who divide their time between Europe and the US, as more outposts in both continents are currently in the planning stage. It’s divided into Red, Gold, Platinum and Black tiers, with the latter providing the most benefits, and prices ranging from €99-€450 per month. All clubs also offer storage space in a personal wine cabinet or private cellar, additional partner cards for friends, family or business partners, and invitations to exclusive events only for WineBANKers. The team can also organise comprehensive insurance packages for your wine collections and are always open to finding more WineBANK sites, so if you have a space big enough don’t hesitate to get in touch…
One of the most exclusive private members’ clubs in the capital, Oswald’s, among other things, has an exceptional wine collection that has enticed London-based wine connoisseurs through its doors. The club boasts an opulent interior that was supposedly inspired by Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors and comprises a restaurant, bar, club lounge and extensive wine cellars available to host your own private collection.
Membership here costs up to £4,000 per year, granting access to a full events calendar that has previously included wine producer dinners, including Harlan Estate hosted by Bill Harlan and Don Weaver and Lafite-Rothschild with Jean-Guillaume Prats. The club’s wine list has been kept under wraps but previous servings have included Krug Grande Cuvée 164ème Edition and Raveneau Petit Chablis, best sipped from the iconic John Jenkins crystalware.
Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square Wine Club
A collaboration between Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square and French wine estate Château Latour, the Tower Hill-based society describes itself as one of the finest private members’ clubs in The City catering for business, wine and culture for a bill of £3,000 per year. Displaying some of Château Latour’s famous red wines, the sampling experience has been curated by an award-winning sommelier to form a truly unique part of the membership experience with 45 wines by the glass and carefully selected vintages.
In addition to Château Latour, members have the opportunity to sample more wines from the principal estates of Artémis Domaines, including Château Grillet, Domaine D’Eugénie, Clos de Tart and the Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley, as well as other notable bottles. In traditional gentlemen’s club style, the Ten Trinity outpost also has its very own cigar shop and sampling lounge boasting a wide collection from rare vintage Havanas to Montecristos and Cohibas. Stuck on a bottle and a cigar? You needn’t fret thanks to the expert team and sommeliers on hand to help you make the right choice.