The French Wine People

Online Wine Shop

About Us

Started in 1979 when Frenchman Jean-Claude Schmitt returned to England with his Derbyshire born wife Suzanne, The French Wine People are traditional wine merchants  with customers throughout  Great Britain and Europe. We are wine importers, wine wholesalers, restaurant wine suppliers and retailers.Over the past twenty years we have built up a good reputation for sourcing fine French wines from small Chateaux and vineyards, where we personally know the growers. Many are award winning wines which are only available through us. Through group buying we also supply some of the smaller, boutique orientated brands, at competitive prices or wines with “ personality “ from most countries in the world. Cristal Champagne from Louis Roederer in Reims or the full range from Cloudy Bay, New Zealand, are just two examples.

The French Wine People - independant wine merchants in Derbyshire - are based in Matlock opposite the RBS car park,  in a Victorian courtyard  with a showroom, extensive cellars, storage and parking. Periodically throughout the year we organise Wine Tastings in our Derbyshire wine shop or in local hotels with growers and wine makers (ask to be put on our mailing list for invitations). As a leading Derbyshire wine merchant we can organise group tastings either at your home or at your business premises.  We also provide a Nationwide delivery service of fine wines or wine gifts. 40th birthday wine gifts, 50th birthday wine gifts or 60th birthday wine are rare and ideal special birthdays presents. 50 year old brandies and sometimes even 60 year old brandies are all imported directly from the Cognac cellars.

Our Open times are - 

Tuesday - Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-4pm

Monday & Sunday - Closed 

Unfortunately there is currently no wheelchair access