1796, The Port of Leith was thriving, taking advantage of the strong links with Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Douro to develop and expand the importation of wine into the now, United Kingdom. Elsewhere that year, the first US President George Washington gives his farewell speech, Robbie Burns has sadly died and Napoleon has just married Josephine and is making a thorough nuisance of himself with the Austrians.

With all this going on Robert Cockburn felt it was the perfect time to start his own wine business based on one of his early customer’s quotations :

“A glass of wine is a glorious creature, and it reconciles poor humanity to itself; and that is what few things can do”
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

200 odd years later, it appears he made the right decision with Sir Walter’s comments still ringing true to day !

At modern day Cockburns of Leith we take great pride in our heritage and the original service standards Robert imposed. No matter what your requirements our staff will go out of their way to help you. Whether that be :

  • Event Planning
  • Cellar Planning and Management
  • En Primeur purchasing
  • Wine requirements for Sporting Estates and Lodges
  • Wine Purchasing for parties and picnics.

Please take advantage of our regular offers and highlighted wine features on some of the World’s most renowned wine estates.

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Stoibi, Macedonia’s leading winery is delighted to announce that a new distribution agreement for the Scottish market has been confirmed with Cockburns of Leith