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How does VINEX reduce my risk dealing with sellers?
The role of VINEX is to provide a secure trading marketplace where you can connect and successfully complete negotiations, supported by a sampling approval process.
VINEX reduces your risk and ensures legal, ethical and fairness in trading. We provide the following guarantees through to contract execution:
All members are authenticated at registration
Protection of anonymity is paramount
First Listing Approval
New member listings must be approved by VINEX
Compliance audits are conducted regularly
Comprehensive daily reports are monitored
Security and Privacy
Advanced technology provides secure protection
Trading activity is monitored and reviewed
Feedback is encouraged and reviewed
Member Ranking and Profile
All members are ranked by trading activity
Sampling Restrictions and Monitor
Requests are restricted for new members
Experienced Managers’ Advice
VINEX managers are independent and accessible
Clearing and Settlement
Completed trades are subject to the trading rules
To buy wines, do I need to become a member?
Yes, you need to first register and receive VINEX approval.
Once approved, you can list your sourcing requirements, request samples from members responding to your listing, and complete a purchase.
To search the Market and request samples from another member's listing you first must upgrade your subscription to Professional.
VINEX is a business to business trading marketplace and therefore you must be a proprietor or a representative of an organisation in, or associated with the wine industry.
Your registration enables VINEX to verify your details, ensuring our verification guarantee for members seeking to trade with you and vice versa.
Who are the sellers?
Sellers include cooperatives, independent producers, wine agents/brokers, contract winemakers, bottling companies, brand owners, exporters and wholesalers.
Members range in size from large to small, are located within or across multiple regions.
To trade through the exchange they have first had to be verified and approved by VINEX administration.
Each member has a VINEX profile which displays their membership status, country of origin and transaction history.
Can I source grape based products, other than wine?
Yes. You can source, search for and purchase grape derived product, including juice, must, concentrate, flavoured wines, fortifieds and grape spirit.
In addition to searching the Marketplace you can also encourage suppliers to respond to your specific requirements by adding your own requirement listing on the Market
Your VINEX Manager can assist with more information.
Can I add listings to all three markets?
Becoming a free registered member allows you to add listings on the Main Market using one of the available trading methods.
If your listing is for a limited premium quality/appellation wine, it will automatically be included in the VINEX Boutique Market, targeting premium suppliers.
Members who have subscribed for Professional access can utilise the powerful Direct Invitation-Only Market to trade Forward Contracts and invite only preferred and accredited suppliers to respond to your specific sourcing requirements.
Start negotiating today - gain unlimited access to the VINEX for £90 and view all market information, receive notification alerts, group your listings, access all trading features and the Direct Market for 90 days.
What fees do I pay to complete a purchase?
None. You will not be invoiced any fees on completing a purchase. However, you must first register and receival VINEX approval for membership.
If you want to search the Marketplace and place bids, make counter-offers or request samples on wines listed by other members you must first upgrade and subscribe for Professional access.
Fees & Rates Summary
- No Listing or Contract Fees
- Membership Subscription Fees Apply
- Pre-Harvest Forward Contract Fees Apply
- Listing Promotion Fees are optional
- Fees may apply for other VINEX services
How does the Direct Market work?
The Direct Market is available to Professional subscribers only.
Here you can add your sourcing requirements and restrict your universe of suppliers to only those in the industry you know or would like to approach.
Your listings are locked and restricted in view (no price or volume details are displayed), and cannot be accessed from the Main Market
Through your listing you can confidentially invite up to 8 suppliers per listing (search by Country and Company Name) to respond. This enables you to pre-qualify the members you would like to notify and trade with.
The Direct Market provides you with control and efficiency, whilst creating competitive tension amongst those invited to respond to your sourcing requirements.
Your member anonymity is retained throughout to ensure a fair and unbiased negotiation to secure your supply.
Can I request samples?
Yes. Sampling is obviously vital in completing a successful purchase and many suppliers will provide samples on request.
If a supplier chooses not to provide samples when listing and negotiating with you, they must still supply a final sample and technical specification declaration for your approval after completing a trade, as part of the Clearing & Settlement process.
All completed trades are subject to your approval of a final sample (if applicable) and specification declaration. A member's first sample request must be approved by VINEX.
What are the 5 Quality Levels A - E?
The quality levels ranging from A - Luxury down to E - Generic are broad categories within which wines must be classified to provide an indication of quality.
Just as price may also indicate a quality assessment, the A - E categories are another convenient way to search and compare wines of interest.
Of course, you will ultimately make your own determination as to the quality, style and value of a wine.
The Boutique Exchange is only relevant for wines within the quality grading levels of A-C and / or contain at least 85% content from a single region.
Below are some guidelines to consider when listing your wine requirements and selecting an appropriate quality level.
|A - Luxury||Wines showing exceptional concentration of flavor, structure and character. Suitable for iconic wine brands, generally released following extended maturation.|
|B - Premium||Wines showing outstanding regional or varietal characters, with impressive structure and character. Suitable for aspirational wine drinkers, released after limited maturation.|
|C - Reserve||Wines showing sound regional or varietal characters without the flavour weight and structure of Premium quality. Suitable for the occasional wine purchase.|
|D - Commercial||Wines showing approachable varietal character with less structure and weight than Reserve quality or above. Suitable for everyday drinking.|
|E - Generic/Other||This quality level is for generic (entry level) wine, flavoured wine, must, juice, concentrate, spirit, tannin and all other grape based products.|
What is VinScore?
VinScore is an independent evaluation service provided by VINEX's contracted qualified tasting experts.
The service is only available for 'Finished-Bottle Ready' wines. Each wine is given a rating (within its quality level) out of 5.0.
It’s an objective assessment designed to assist you by providing a valuable unbiased filter to compare and select wines and save time.
Sellers are not obligated to purchase or display a VinScore rating.