About Us - History

Regionals was established in 1987 as a wholesale distributor of wines to Wellington restaurants.

Originally named Regional Wines & Spirits, we were founded by the late great Grant Jones who had a driving passion for local wine. Then, in 1990, a shop was established in the building we currently occupy at the Basin Reserve and beers were added to the product range.

Since then, Regional  Wines has become one of New Zealand’s largest and best independent liquor businesses, being voted best Bottle Shop by the Wellington public and Capital Times in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Regional Wines Beers & Spirits also won the SOBA Wellington Off License of the Year in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.