Bar opens with Manchester’s biggest wine preservation system

Jon and Sara Saunby Salut Wines

A new wine bar has opened in Manchester offering 42 different wines by the glass thanks to the city’s largest wine preservation and dispense machine.

Salut Wines in Cooper Street, off Princess Street in the city centre, has been developed by pilot Jon Saunby and his wife, Sara Saunby, formerly cabin crew (pictured).

They have been supported by a business loan which is drawn from a £24million fund delivered by Business Finance Solutions (BFS) which is designed to help businesses across Greater Manchester to find start-up finance, grow and create or protect jobs.

Salut Wines combines a traditional wine merchants with a wine bar where the latest wine dispense technology allows customers to try a 50ml sample of wine, before choosing to buy a 125ml or 175ml glass or a full bottle to drink or take home.

The system preserves the wine for over 30 days, ensuring that customers enjoy it in its best condition. As well as 32 wines through the preservation and dispense system, a further 10 free-pour wines will be available by the glass.

They sell food platters to complement the wine as well as a small selection of carefully chosen artisan beers and spirits. The venue will also host wine-tasting events and industry-recognised wine education programmes including Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualifications.

The couple, who are from Salford, have invested £150,000 of their own money into the venture to add to the BFS business loan.

Sara said: “There can be a lot of mystery surrounding wine, and people tend to find one or two that they like and stick with them. Our big difference is that we are coming at this from the customers’ side and we want Salut Wines to be somewhere that people can come to relax, have a bite to eat and feel free to explore the wine and get some help if they want it.

“The wine preservation and dispensation system has already proved very popular across Europe and in London and we’re very proud to bring the largest selection to Manchester because it enables us to offer a really diverse range of wines by the glass and to serve the wine in perfect condition.

“We have invested a large amount financially and changed careers to set up our own business so being able to work with the Business Finance Solutions team to make sure we were taking all the right decisions was fantastic.

“Accessing the business loan has also meant that we have been able to move our plans on much more quickly and bring this fantastic new technology to Manchester.”

BFS Business Loans is a government-backed initiative for investing into growing businesses in Greater Manchester over the next 10 years. A condition of the loan is that it must create or protect jobs, and typical loans will be from £3,000 to £100,000.

The business loans are designed to help businesses that have been unable to secure mainstream funding and to make it easier for entrepreneurs to access the finance they need to start up and grow their own enterprises. Recipients of the BFS Business Loans can also be introduced to business mentors and to other business support services, delivered by Manchester’s Business Growth Hub.

Paul Breen, director of Business Finance Solutions, said: “Our business loans offer a great way to access both the funding to help start up your dream business and also the practical knowledge and expertise that our business advisers provide to start-ups like Salut Wines.

“Sara and Jon are bringing a great concept to Manchester with their new business and we were delighted to help them to achieve that. Their previous careers have taken them all over the world and they have seen first-hand how technologies like the wine preservation system are revolutionising the bar culture. We look forward to seeing Manchester embrace this new way of socialising!”
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