Terms and Conditions
Updated June 2023.
Whenever you buy goods from us, use our website or sign-up to our newsletter, you agree to these terms and conditions. When you register for an account on this website you agree to be bound by our terms. From time to time, our terms may change so please ensure you check them regularly.
If you have any questions about our terms, please get in touch.
1. Quality promise
We have hand-selected every bottle of wine and spirit that appears on our list. If you buy a product you don’t like, then please let us know and we will work with you to find a product to replace it.
In the unlikely event you receive a faulty wine, we will refund you the price of the bottle and may ask you to return it to us so we can investigate the issue.
Local delivery to BA1 or BA2 post codes is free of charge with no minimum order. There is a discounted rate of delivery to all BS post codes of £4.99 per delivery. Delivery costs £11.99 to the Scottish Highlands and Isles, and £19.99 to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and some Truro post codes. We do not currently offer any delivery to the EU or Republic of Ireland. All other deliveries are charged at the flat-rate of £7.99 for UK mainland customers. We do not ship outside of the United Kingdom, except to by special arrangement. Please note that some deliveries are limited to 12 bottles per order; we will always inform you of these. Standard delivery takes 2-5 days, depending on where you live, and up to 10 days for the Highlands, Isles, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Standard delivery will take place 8am – 8pm, Monday – Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. Our main UK couriers are DHL. We may occasionally use Parcelforce or APC.
Next Day delivery is available to UK mainland customers only for £14.99 and orders must be placed by 11am in order for them to be fulfilled next day. Deliveries will take place between 8am and 8pm, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
When you spend more than £75 on wine, we will pay your delivery for you (UK mainland and Scottish highlands and isles standard delivery only). There are no free delivery options for Next Day delivery orders.
Customers may like to leave instructions for our couriers to leave their parcel in a safe place. This is the best way to ensure you get your order on time. Please leave these details on the order form when you checkout.
In the event you don’t receive your delivery on time, please contact us so that we can investigate it for you and refund you the delivery cost.
Customers may request collection from:
a) Novel Wines Shop, 7 Cork Place, Bath BA1 3BB; or
b) Bath city centre by special arrangement.
nb. Free local delivery in Bath
Free delivery in Bath covers post-codes BA1 and BA2 only and is offered at the company's discretion.
If you receive any damaged bottles in your case, please let us know immediately and we will refund you for these wines.
3. Stock availability
Some lines can run out from time to time. In the event that your order includes items that are out of stock, we may send you a replacement. All of the replacements are carefully thought through and you have the right to contest a replacement. In most cases we will notify you in advance of fulfilling your order. If you wish to contest a replaced item we will review your claim and refund you the price of the unavailable item at our discretion.
Please note: Vintages may change from time to time and, while we do our best to ensure the correct vintage is advertised on our website, please get in touch prior to making your order if you are looking for a specific vintage.
4. Your feedback
We are always looking to improve our independent business. If you have any feedback or are in anyway unsatisfied, please get in touch so that we can help improve our service and your experience.
5. Age restriction
We will only sell alcohol or alcohol-related products to customers who are aged 18 years old or older. When you place an order you confirm that you are at least 18 years old.
This age restriction also applies to any alcohol or alcohol-related items purchased as a gift. Both the customer and the recipient must be over 18 years old.
Our couriers and staff in our shop employ a ‘Think 25’ policy and may check you for photographic ID before leaving the alcohol or alcohol-related products with you. If you have no ID or are under 18 years old, our couriers will not be able to leave the parcel with you and it will be returned to us.
Once the parcel has been delivered it is the recipient’s responsibility to look after the goods and abide by UK law.
We use the payment gateways Shopify Payments, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, iZettle, PayPal, Teyo, and 'Stripe' to ensure all transactions on our website and made directly with us are safe and secure. We accept payment from all major debit and credit cards, including AMEX.
For some subscriptions we may use GoCardless to process Direct Debit payments on a recurring basis.
We also accepts online bank payments and BACS payments on request. All wholesale purchases must be paid by by bank transfer.
All prices are in pounds sterling (GBP).
All prices include Value Added Tax (VAT).
We reserve the right to stop our special offers at any time.
Our website is fully secured by secure sockets layer (SSL) for the transfer of credit card information. We also ensure all of the data we store is secured and access is strictly limited internally.
It is your responsibility to protect your account password from being disclosed to any third party.
Staff at Novel Wines do not store or have access to card details at any point other than when processing direct transactions. When the transaction has been made, card details are encrypted by our payment gateway or deleted for your security.
8. Vouchers or offers
Vouchers are redeemable on transactions made on our website, in-store or during an event. Please note all vouchers have their own terms and conditions so please review these before making your purchase. You must be aged 18 or over to buy any alcohol or alcohol-related goods with your voucher.
Vouchers can be used for most goods we sell, however restrictions may apply. Please get in touch if a voucher you believe to be valid is not being accepted.
Reorder voucher offers are issued at Novel Wines' discretion and cannot be used against discounted mixed case deals. They can be applied to most other goods for sale on our website, in-store or during an event. Novel Wines reserves the right to cease any reorder voucher deal or change the terms at any time.
9. Explorer’s Club
Subscription to the Explorer’s Club is for a minimum of 1 month, after which you may pause or cancel at any time. You are also free to upgrade or downgrade your subscription at any time.
Cases of wine are supplied to customers on a monthly basis, or a frequency of your choosing, usually on 20th of the month. If you cancel before your next payment is debited we will not send you the subsequent case of wine.
You are responsible for updating your card details to keep your subscription active. Any failed or overdue payments may mean you don’t get your wine on time or that your subscription is cancelled, so please keep your card details up to date.
We reserve the right to terminate a user’s Explorer’s Club membership benefits, or your membership in its entirety, at any time given reasonable cause.
Explorer’s Club membership is limited to one account per person only. If you have a membership you cannot access and would like to cancel, please get in touch.
If some wines you receive are damaged or faulty, you must inform us within 7 days of delivery. We will replace or refund you for the affected bottles and, if possible, ask you to return them to us so that we can investigate the issue.
Returns will need to be in their original box. Please call us on +44(0)1225667311 to arrange collection.
Refunds will be paid within 14 days of an agreement being made.
All refunds are made at our discretion.
11. Intellectual Property Rights
You agree and recognise that we own or are licensed to use all copyright, database rights, trade marks and other intellectual property rights in and to all parts of this website, and to the business of Novel Wines Ltd.
You must obtain written consent before you use our website or any other part of the business in any other way than is detailed here in our Terms and Conditions.
We warrant that the wines will be of satisfactory quality and fit for their purpose.
13. Data Protection
You can view our Privacy and Cookies Policy here.
14. Limitation of Liability
Nothing in these terms shall exclude Novel Wines Ltd’s liability for personal injury or death caused by its negligence.
We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by us, our employees or agents in circumstances where:
- loss or damage was unforeseeable to both parties when the contract was formed;
- loss or damage not caused by any breach on part of the supplier;
- loss of damage related to business and/or non-consumers.
We are not liable for any loss or damage caused by the customer handling the wine, including theft, spillages or breakages.
Customers should be aware that:
- Alcohol should be consumed in moderation. See Drink Aware.
- Cases of wine can be heavy so extra care should be taken, or 1 or 2 bottles of wine transferred at a time.
- Wine or spirits may stain if spilt.
- Sparkling wines may be volatile due to the build up of gasses and care should be taken when opening these.
- Packaging can become damp or damaged and should be checked in advance before lifting or moving.
We are not liable for any late or failed deliveries of your wine that are caused by circumstances beyond our control but will investigate any such event if you report it to us.
These terms may be edited or changed in full at any time.
Order acceptance and the completion of the contract between you and us will take place on the dispatch to you of the products ordered.
Our contact details, should you want to contact us, are as follows:
Registered office: Novel Wines Ltd, 11 Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JQ
Our shop: Novel Wines, 7 Cork Place, Bath, BA1 3BB.
Registered in England & Wales, no. 10129380
VAT No. GB248882360
AWRS Reg No. XFAW00000107836
16. Corporate Gifts
A corporate gift order is when a corporate customer orders a total of five or more cases of wine on any single order to a single delivery address or number of delivery addresses.
Payment for corporate gift orders is taken in full online through Stripe or offline by bank transfer prior to dispatch.
17. Recommend a friend
When you recommend a friend you can earn voucher rewards that are redeemable against a purchase not in conjunction with any other special offer.
18. Note on “free delivery”
Free delivery on orders over £75 applies to UK mainland only and is posted by standard delivery (2-5 days).
Free delivery is included on all Explorer’s Club cases and some mixed case deals.
No delivery refund can be claimed for any order that is fulfilled by free delivery.
19. Note on “next day delivery”
Orders for next day delivery must be made Monday – Friday before 11am GMT Time.
Next Day Delivery is available to UK mainland only.
20. Sundays and Bank Holidays
Orders may be pre-ordered on a Sunday or Bank Holiday but no deliveries or shipments will be made on these days.
21. Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy Statement
Novel Wines Ltd (the company) values its reputation for ethical behaviour and reliability. We aim to limit our company in its exposure to bribery by:
- Setting out our clear anti-bribery and corruption policy;
- Training our employees so they can recognise and avoid the use of bribery by themselves or by others;
- Encouraging our employees to be vigilant and to report and suspicion of bribery, providing them with suitable channels of communication and ensuring sensitive information is appropriately treated.
- Rigorously investigating instances of alleged bribery and assisting the police and other appropriate authorities in any resultant prosecution;
- Taking firm action against any individual(s) involved in bribery.
21.1 Policy Statement
Novel Wines Ltd prohibits the offering, the giving, the solicitation or the acceptance of any bribe, whether cash or other inducement to or from any person or company, wherever they are situated and whether they are a public official or body or private person or company by any individual employee, agent or other person or body acting on Novel Wines Ltd’s behalf in order to gain any commercial, contractual or regulatory advantage for Novel Wines Ltd which is unethical or in order to gain any personal advantage, pecuniary or otherwise, for the individual or anyone connected with the individual.
21.2 Further Clarification
Novel Wines Ltd recognises that market practice varies across the territories in which it does business and what is normal and acceptable in one place may not be in another. This policy prohibits any inducement which results in a personal gain or advantage to the recipient or any person or body associated with them, and which is intended to influence them to take action which may not be solely in the interests of Intec or of the person or body employing them or whom they represent.
This policy is not meant to prohibit the normal and appropriate hospitality providing it is customary in a particular market, are proportionate and are properly recorded.
Inevitably, decisions as to what is acceptable may not always be easy. If anyone is in doubt as to whether a potential act constitutes bribery, the matter should be referred to the CEO with responsibility for this policy before proceeding.
22. Environment Policy Statement
Novel Wines Ltd recognises its responsibility for the environment and will ensure compliance with all relevant current and future legislation. Where appropriate, we will also endeavour to be compliant with our codes of practice.
We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our operations and continue to operate side-by-side with our suppliers, customers and stakeholders. In particular, we will achieve this through our commitment to:
- Reduce the amount of waste produced;
- Minimise the logistical and operational impact on the environment from importing, exporting and distributing stock;
- Use recyclable and renewable materials for all packaging;
- Regularly review the environmental impact of our activities, endeavour to reduce our overall environmental impact and prevent waste using best practice techniques;
- Work closely with environmental advisors and regulators to consistently improve our overall environmental credentials.
We will foster environmental awareness and understanding in all employees, suppliers, customers and subcontractors. Where practicable, the company will provide information and assistance to customers on environmental issues arising from its products and services.
Improvement will be continuous, and we will report internally and externally on its progress against its goals and objectives.