St Austell Wines is the oldest arm of our family-owned business, founded in 1851 as Walter Hicks Wines & Spirits. From a small shop front in St Austell’s historic Church Street, Walter’s ability to spot and pick the best wines soon earned him a major reputation for excellence amongst the town’s wine connoisseurs, allowing him to take advantage of the growing trend of his age and expand the business to include commercial brewing. Walter never lost his passion for wine and we continued to supply an ever-expanding list to customers across Cornwall and beyond.