The Company is fortunate among Livery Companies not only because its ancient trade continues to flourish but also because a substantial number of its members are drawn from its trade.
Close contact is maintained with all wine trade organisations and it is the Company's policy to provide both material and financial support for the trade, with particular emphasis on the maintenance of professional standards and the encouragement of trade education through scholarships and bursaries.
The Company supports the Trade professional bodies, especially the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
Until recently, the Company, with DEFRA, was a major funder of the Wine Standards Board, enforcing EU regulations on wine production and labelling in the UK. The Wine Standards Board is now part of the Food Standards Agency and the Company's involvement has ceased.
The Company was also one of the "Founding Fathers" of both the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and the Institute of Masters of Wine.
The Company also supports "The Benevolent", the Wine Trade's own charity.
The Company has recently funded part of the new Wine Studies Centre at Plumpton College in Sussex.