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A Little Demijohn History

Angus and Frances in our Edinburgh shop in 2004My Wife and I founded Demijohn in 2004 in Edinburgh's Old Town as the World's first liquid deli. It started as a family business and still is very much that. As Demijohn has grown so has our family! The idea for Demijohn came originally from a wonderful experience I had while living and working in Naples, Southern Italy, in the early 1990's as a Student. I would buy my wine for parties from a local Cantina, or winery. We were allowed to take along a container of our own, try the wines on offer and have our jerrycan filled up. It was a bit like filling up your car with fuel at a petrol pump, except a lot more fun! Having traveled widely and eaten adventurous food all our lives, Frances and I decided it was about time Britain enjoyed the full freedoms of taste experienced on the continent, but with a focus on locally sourced British produce.


Our Edinburgh Shop with some of our earliest team membersAnd so a new idea was born in July 2004, however mad people thought we were at the time. We now have shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Oxford, a thriving international mail order business and a growing wholesale distribution of our products throughout the UK. Inspired by our own love of good food and drink, we have brought together a remarkable collection of predominantly British products such as liqueurs, whiskies, wines, spirits, olive oils and vinegars and inspired others into understanding and loving them. Our products represent an underworld of small artisanal British producers, ranging from retired PE Teachers to ex Bankers, who make some of the finest things known to mankind. Our product notes will let you find out more about each producer.

A few years may have passed since our starting days, but in truth if feels as though we have only just begun. On behalf of us both, thank you for your great enthusiasm, support and custom.

Angus and Frances Ferguson

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