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In April 2016, award-winning wine journalist Ben Franks teamed up with Hungarian wine importer Gyorgy Zsiga to make the wine market a more exciting place to shop. Our aim is to showcase wines you haven't heard about yet, which come from passionate small producers and community co-operatives, often from regions that aren't yet well known for their wines. Think Japan, Thailand, Moldova or even Croatia, a place that can trace its wine to ancient history yet we find little of it anywhere on the UK market. We're here to change that.

So, after months of tasting over 1,000 wines, Novel Wines was born in September 2016. Since we launched it has been our mission to share the highest quality wines from these undiscovered producers and make each bottle accessible to wine lovers of all levels. You needn't be a wine specialist to taste something fantastic and unusual. It's about putting the fun back into wine by playing on our curiosity and search for new tastes by making every wine you buy a talking point.

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Meet the Novel Wines Team

Ben Franks Founder



Ben is an award-winning wine writer and digital marketing specialist. He is obsessed with Pinot Noir and Riesling varietal wines, loves eating out and can always be won over with a good film (or a sweet pudding).

Wine pick:
Hubertus Clusserath Riesling 2011

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Gyorgy Zsiga Founder



Gyorgy is incredibly passionate about food and wine, especially from Hungary. He has been importing the finest Hungarian wines since 2010 and has managed wine bars including an award-winning pop up at Glastonbury.

Wine pick:
Szent Donat Magma Kekfrankos 2015

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Adrian Franks Designer


Senior Designer

Ady is a wine lover who runs the design company Creative Wisdom. He works with clients such as the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. Ady designed Novel Wines' branding from the logo to all of our printed materials. 

Wine pick: 
Matusko Dingac Plavac Mali 2011

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Sal Godfrey Food Writer


Food Writer

Sal is one of the south west's most influential food bloggers and the founder of Bath Indie Chat. She has been a part of our team from day one, matching our unique wines with her delicious recipes.

Wine pick: 
Grace Koshu Kayagatake 2015

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