Legal Policies

Bid for Wine allows you to buy wine from or sell wine to another party if you have the legal capacity to do so.

The sale and purchase of alcohol in the United Kingdom is subject to strict legal controls, however:

  1. If you are a holder of a relevant licence, then you may trade within the terms of that licence.
  2. All users are allowed to sell wines that are stored in a bonded warehouse if the warehouse itself is licensed.
    Licensed warehouses include EHD No.1 Bond, Octavian, London City Bond/Vinotheque, Seckfords and The Wine Society's Member's Reserve.
  3. If you do not hold a licence, there are some other circumstances in which you may buy and sell alcohol not stored in a licensed warehouse directly, particularly where a sale is made to a trader for the purpose of his trade. These rules are set out in S192 of the Licensing Act 2003 and the government’s guidance (see in particular para 3.2 to 3.5).

    The majority of Bid for Wine users use this exemption but if you are not satisfied that you are legally entitled to deal directly with a potential customer then you must use our consignment process under 'Sell Wine' to consign the wine to:

    EHD London No.1 Bond,
    Unit E,
    Dolphin Rd S,
    TW16 7HT

    So that the sale may take place from the licensed premises at that address.

Please note that, unless otherwise agreed, we can only accept wines consigned via the consignment process.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss consigning wine to us.

Users of Bid for Wine must be over 18, or if you are based outside the United Kingdom you must meet local legal age requirements relating to the sale and purchase of alcohol.

If you are registering as a business, you must have the authority to commit the organisation to legal agreements.

You must be legally able to sell the item(s) you submit for sale on

Please be aware that Bid for Wine may not be used for the sale of wine or other alcoholic beverages imported into the UK unless they are held in bond or have had UK duty paid on them.

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