Ingatestone Wines

It's a family affair!

Ingatestone Wines is owned and run by Dave and Lucy Whittaker who have been married for 21 years. They have 5 children and a gorgeous grandson. As the children are getting older, they help out in the business and at tasting events, particularly their eldest Kaya who helps in the shop and office.
Dave and Lucy

The Whittakers

Daves Birthday
The Whittakers
Birthday Cake
Lucy has lived in Ingatestone and Fryerning for her whole life and Dave grew up in Billericay, moving to Ingatestone when he and Lucy met. Lucy’s parents, Keith and Rita live in the village and are a constant source of advice and support in the business. Dave became really interested in the wine trade whilst working in the city and a friend offered him a part-time job in his off-licence chain. He was a natural and customers loved him. He has gained an enormous amount of knowledge and has now also trained and taken exams with the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust). After working at the premises for several years, Dave and Lucy had the opportunity of buying the business in 2016; finally making it their own!

‘The Whittakers family life is often chaotic but incredibly good fun! Every family birthday is always a massive celebration along with Christmas and Easter where our extended family always join us! We love good food, good wine and good company and this ethos carries on into Ingatestone Wines. You will often see the family gathered in the shop for any celebrations as if the shop needs to be open, we bring the party to the shop!!’

Ingatestone Wines

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Ingatestone has much to offer visitors; this pretty and popular village lies between the larger town of Brentwood and the City of Chelmsford and can be easily accessed via the A12.  Ingatestone has a unique charm, with the high street in particular retaining a village atmosphere and much character.  It is served by a mainline railway station and offers a fantastic High Street with a variety of individual retail outlets to explore, several pubs, churches, cafés and restaurants.  There are plenty of green open spaces including Fairfield Park located next to the St. Edmund & St Mary’s Church, the oldest building in the village which dominates the High Street.  There are several areas of historic interest including Ingatestone Hall & Gardens which is open to the public  during the summer. Fryerning which merges from the north of Ingatestone is a picturesque and idyllic village with many footpaths for walking and exploring the beautiful countryside.

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