Organisation Category: Retail Trade
Martin ‘Cahn’ Cahnbley and Connal Finlay have been friends for a number of years – brought together by that wonderful fluid called wine. Connal, ever the man with business or event ideas, approached Martin with a Wine Shop concept in mid 2018. This evolved from some pop-up shop ideas to what has now become Cahn & Finlay Wines & Spirits.
Martin started in the wine trade in 1987; always in marketing and brand development roles. His path has taken him from Gilbey’s (Archer’s, Malibu, The Singleton) in South Africa, to Penfolds/Southcorp (Seppelt, Lindemans, Hungerford Hill, Tulloch) in Australia to Corbans (Stoneleigh, Longridge, Corbans) and Winegrowers of Ara in New Zealand. In 2003 he started Planet Wine which now imports and distributes over 450 products from 15 countries.
Connal is a relatively recent entrant to the wine trade but quickly made his mark when he became the youngest recipient of the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust: Diploma of Wine & Spirits at age 21! He has managed a few of the country’s better wine stores and also started importing American wine via Off Broadway Beverages, his own importing company. More recently, via Fermenting Productions, he conceptualised and ran The World of Wine Festival in 2018 and Ferment! Festival in 2019.
Martin and Connal are very excited about their character-filled premises in Central Auckland. They look forward to meeting you in their new home in O’Connell Street very soon to talk wine and spirits and hopefully be able to satisfy your fluid needs.
Sustainability is a key focus for us in our shop.
When fitting out our shop we ensured that we used second-hand shelving and furniture at every turn and up-cycled them for our purposes.
Plastic is a big no go for us and we were sure to not use any plastic tags throughout our shop but only paper and recyclable string.
Where possible we work directly with New Zealand wineries to ensure that they are paid a fair price for their product, instead of going through wholesalers, which in turn can ensure that they are giving back to their communities throughout the country and protecting their local and national environments.
We are a living wage employer. We support organic, biodynamic and natural wines as much as possible to support the practises of using less or no pesticides in their vineyards and overall reduction in the amount of chemicals used in the winemaking process.Awards and Certifications: Living Wage
Listing last updated 18/09/2019