What we’re all about
Founded many years ago, the Leeds University Union Wine Society has passed through numerous hands, but we have always been united on the same basic principle: Introducing people to wine without any of the associated pretence. Our main objective is to provide a relaxed environment in which people can learn more about wine and what makes it so amazing and complex. We often invite guest speakers such as local merchants, producers or trade experts to share their knowledge and products with us. As an extremely social group we meet at least once a week on Tuesdays for our usual tastings, but go out into the city or host special collaborative events several times a year as well.
We strive to be a sustainable society both economically and environmentally. Under the umbrella of the Leeds University Union, we work as a non-profit organisation by investing any profit we make right back into the society and its members. We also pride ourselves on supporting local independent retailers by buying the majority of our wine from them when possible and promoting their businesses and events to our members, showcasing what Yorkshire wine merchants and smaller producers have to offer. As a responsible and green society, we also ensure all paper, cardboard and glass bottles are recycled at the end of any event.
In early 2017 we won a Fundraising Award for hitting our grant targets which we used to benefit the society in various ways and were nominated for a Riley Award for Best General Interest Society. Let's continue to make 2017-2018 an amazing year together! Whether you’re a complete novice or a connoisseur to the wonderful world of wine, we’d love you to join us for some fantastic tipples at a variety of different events. There's no snobbery, waistcoats or bow ties required. We only want you to have fun learning, tasting and making new friends.
Each week we run tastings in Room 6 to explore and understand more about this wonderful drink. Semester 1 is centred on the world of wine. You’ll taste wines from the Old World and New World, covering the classics and even some wines that you probably never knew existed.
Semester 1: Global
26 Sep. – Introduction to Wine GIAG
3 Oct. – The Age Old Battle: New vs. Old World Wines
6 Oct. – Wine Wander
10 Oct. – David vs. Goliath GIAG
17 Oct. – Around the World in 8 Wines
24 Oct. – A Little Fizz and a Little Sparkle GIAG
31 Oct. – Ancient Wines for Ancient Times
7 Nov. – Transylvania and Beyond
14 Nov. – Um Sabor do Brasil
21 Nov. – The Judgement of Paris
24 Nov. – Winter Wine Wonderland
28 Nov. – Reaching New Heights
5 Dec. – Sweet Wines and Mince Pies
12 Dec. – Christmas Dinner
Almost all of our events are cheaper for members, but we welcome and encourage non-members to show up to any event that particularly interests them. Give It A Go (GIAG) sessions are always a great way to see what we’re about and meet everyone. If you are not a student at the University of Leeds or haven't registered yet, you can still join us by simply logging in as a guest.
Standard Semester 1 - £5
This package includes a minimum reduction of £2 off Tuesday night Union-based events (excluding GIAG tastings) and a discount card for our affiliates. Standard members save £12 compared to non-member walk-ins.
Tuesday Pass Semester 1 - £55
This package has a savings of £24 and includes the cost of most Tuesday night events (excluding GIAGs) and a discount card for our affiliates. That’s at least 65 different wines for less than £1 each! Great for those worried about money by the end of the semester but still want an active social life.
Tuesday Pass Annual - £100
For the truly committed we provide a membership that combines both semesters with an incredible savings of £58. This package includes all Tuesday night events for the year (excluding GIAGs), priority on all ticketed events and a discount card for our affiliates. Perfect for those keen on learning and tasting all we have to offer without needing to break out the cash at each event.
(Please note that membership is non-refundable due to the cost of products bought based on predicted numbers per event.)
Available to all members and non-members: 1) Attend any five tastings in Semester 1 and Christmas dinner pre-drinks are on us. 2) Attend all 11 Tuesday tastings in Semester 1 and Semester 2’s GIAG is on us. If you won’t be around in Semester 2 we’ll give you a bottle of wine of equal value as a parting gift.
Plus, if you buy a Tuesday Pass before the first tasting on the 26th of September we'll welcome you to Introduction to Wine with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Cheers grape friends!