Cockburnís name lives on as a website

19 February, 2010

The new owner of the prestigious Scottish wine merchant Cockburnís of Leith has said the name will live on through a revamped wholesale website.

Edinburgh-based Wine Importers bought the Cockburnís name, but not the shop, from administrator Ernst & Young. Cockburnís had been impacted by the economic downturn and was left suffering from a declining order book.

Billy Bell, managing director of Wine Importers, told OLN: ďWe purchased the companyís stock, name and website.

ďWeíve retained the services of [Cockburnís owner] Ian McPhail and another member of staff to run the website.

ďCockburnís is a very important name for Scottish wine with a terrific tradition Ė we wanted to maintain that and keep the name alive and kicking in Scotland.Ē?He explained why the name was going straight to a website. ďWe supply a lot of retailers and didnít want to be in competition with them.Ē Cockburnís was founded in 1796.

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