The British wine merchant Ronald Avery (1899-1976) learned his business in various London wineries from agents of the Bordeaux trading house Barton & Guestier
, as well as in its headquarters in Bordeaux. In 1923 he took over the management of the long-established family business Avery & Co. from his father. The company was founded in Bristol in 1793 and is one of the main competitors Harvey's
to the most important British Wine trade houses
, Avery became an excellent wine taster and often traveled to Bordeaux to select barrels for his company. End of the 1930s included the program of the company in addition to hundreds of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines and many German wines. It also contained some years of the then still completely unknown Château Cheval Blanc
, After the Second World War was by Harvey and also by then acting at the competitor Harvey's Harry Waugh
(1904-2001) first wine from Château Pétrus
imported to the United Kingdom. After the death of Avery, his son John took over the business.