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Vintners Company

The English wine merchants known as Vintner were among the most influential personalities in London in the late Middle Ages. This also proves the fact that during the reign of King Edward II (1284-1327) four mayors of London were Vintner. During this time, the London wine merchant association "Mistery of Vintners" was created. The resulting "Vintner's Company" practically had a monopoly on trade between England and France from the middle of the 14th century (see under Bordeaux wine trade ). It was constituted in 1437 as a guild, which subsequently recognized King Henry VIII (1491-1547) as one of the 12 major livery companies. This association still exists today and every member can sell wine without prior notification of a license. They are subject to vocational training and control for the English wine trade, as well as the renowned institute Masters of Wine,

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