Are you looking to buy wine in Calais? Want to get some last-minute cheap alcohol before you board the train in the Chunnel or the Ferry? You are in luck! There are some great places in Calais where you can buy your wine. In this blog post I will explain where to buy wine in Calais and what superstores and supermarkets in Calais sell the best wine!
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Best places to buy wine in Calais
Calais Wine Superstore: Located at the Zone Marel Doret, the Calais Wine Superstore is the perfect place to shop for wines and beers at a UK duty-free price. The privilege of not having to pay UK duty causes you to save £4 a bottle on average supermarket prices. If you are looking for a place to buy wine but also save more, the Calais Wine Superstore will always look to have low prices that are always competitive, whenever they can. Prices are great, quality is wonderful, and you can also save money by using their free Eurotunnel service and ferry services. Do visit this place if you are looking to save money and buy a wide variety of high-quality wine.
Pidou Superstores: Pidou Superstores is another great alternative to buy high quality wine and spirits in Calais. Wines can be pre ordered and have a competitive price compared to other supermarkets. When you preorder, you order will definitely be ready for pick up when you arrive at Pidou. There are tons of selections of alcohol, however a noteworthy tip is to order in bulk as they have special discounts when you do so. Although the prices are competitive, some items such as beers are cheaper in the regular supermarkets. Pidou also offers a free ferry and Chanel tunnel crossing service if you are looking to do so. Overall great price with a large selection of alcohol here at Pidou’s, definitely worth the visit if you are looking to buy!
Majestic Wine Superstore: Majestic Wine Superstore is a French operation branch of Majestic Wine Warehouses which is the top wine specialist in UK. The difference between the Majestic Wine Superstore and the Majestic Wine Warehouses is that as a distributor, the prices are sold much cheaper due to the low duty. You do not have to worry about the variations of wines as they have over 350 types of wines from various places. Ordering online is always available for ease of purchases, and you can also obtain free access to the Eurotunnel services. The staff is also wonderful there, they are highly knowledgeable and can assist you in any of your questions if need be.
Calais Vins: Looking for a spectacular superstore that can offer a wide variety of alcohol? Calais Vins has over 50 different types of wines, champagnes and more than 250 types of beers. Furthermore, all these spirits are available for tasting in the store’s tasting bar. The price of the products is also reasonable, and are worth their value. Staff members are completely wonderful, knowledgeable in their field, and helpful as they will assist you in picking the best product you desire. Besides wine they also have a wide assortment of whisky, spirits from Scotland, Japan, Belgian beer, glassware, and décor. The beer glasses are enticing, inviting you to just use them and chug down a glass of cold beer!
Majestic Coquelles: Also known as the sister outlet of the Majestic Wine Superstore run by the Majestic Wine Warehouses in Calais, Majestic Coquelles is also a branch in Coquelles of the Majestic Wine Superstore. There is a wide range of beers, wines, and many other types of spirits in the Majestic Coquelles for a great price. Thankfully, most of the staff are well versed with English, and they will assist you in any questions you have regarding the spirits. The only main difference between this affiliate of the Majestic Wine Superstore is that is that it is located in Charles de Gaulle, Coquelles while the other is located in Calais.
Best supermarkets to buy wine in Calais
One of the reasons why I would like to mention supermarkets in this write up is because wine at supermarkets is often a lot cheaper than places that are catering to British tourists looking for a good deal. Overall I would honestly recommend buying your wine in French supermarkets…
These wine supermarkets mentioned above are literally MADE to make you spend money on not-so-great wine. I would always go with a plan of action: look on the website and try to look for wines to buy – Then look up the wine on the internet for star rating and price (in the French supermarkets listed below + e Leclerc and Super U). Sometimes you will not find ANYTHING about these wines – unless it is the sales page on the website you were just on, which is often a red flag that they are made especially for export or selling to tourists.
Carrefour: One of the best supermarkets in Calais is Carrefour, as it is one of the biggest supermarket chains in Europe. In terms of the availability of liquors, Carrefour has a wide assortment of spirits such as beers, French wines, sparkling wines, champagnes, foreign wines, table wines, and much more. The advantage carrefour has compared to other places are its diversity in available spirits at market price. You can also order online and pick up your order in the store or you can pay when you collect your order. All in all, if you are looking for a wide assortment of spirits that are readily available for you, come visit carrefour as they will surely have what you are looking for!
Auchan: Considered as a French “hypermart” instead of a regular supermarket, Auchan is a wonderful supermarket to obtain all of your drinking needs. They have a wide selection of spirits and lots of wonderful wine. Their price is cheaper than the supermarkets generally found in the UK. Auchan receives its spirts by traveling to wine-growing countries to expedite the best vintage products for its customers. They have a wide range of products that have been maintained by the close relations between the brand and its winegrowers, ensuring its quality. If you are looking to buy great quality wine with an affordable price, head on over to Auchan as they have English speak employees that can help you look for what you want.
Intermarch : Intermarche Calais is another wonderful alternative for your alcohol shopping. One of the main advantages is that they have a drive and home delivery service where you can order online and pick up your order at the store, or they can ship your order to you. Intermarche Calais always has wonderful promotions and great deals involving their spirits, which is always welcome. Whether it is to shop in general or to buy some spirits, Intermarche can help with all of your shopping needs. The spirits here are of great diversity like Carrefour and Auchan, but what’s unique about this place is its constant promotions. Have yourself a visit to this supermarket, and see what wonderful promotions await you today!
How much wine can you bring on the ferry or eurotunnel
If you are looking to bring spirits from France into the UK, there generally is no tariff if you are planning to use it for personal consumption. Usually, the limit is 90 liters of wine if you want to import it. Furthermore, if you want to import a large amount of wine or spirits from France into the UK, you would have to provide proof that all of the spirits you import are going to be used personally. The intent is questioned if you import more than 120 bottles of wine or 250 cans of beers, if this is the case then customs may ask you to provide more proof of the intended use, otherwise a tariff will be inducted on the import.
How to get a free eurotunnel ticket when buying wine
Looking for a way to travel in the Eurotunnel or ferry for free? Usually, a complimentary travel ticket is issued for your usage if you spend a minimum amount around £300 in stores for Mondays to Thursdays. During Fridays to Sundays the rates are increased to a minimum of approximately £500. Furthermore, a £100 deposit is usually required for the trip. This offer is valid at https://www.calaiswine.co.uk/ and https://www.majesticwinecalais.co.uk/
The steps for obtaining a free Eurotunnel and ferry ticket goes as follows:
- Book a complimentary travel ticket without pre ordering
- Select a travel offer you want with a minimum spending required in stores
- Select the preferred travel dates
- Put in your payment details to pay the deposit.
- The Eurotunnel will be booked for you and a code to book will be sent to you directly
- Visit the relating wine store in Calais and spend the minimum amount
- Spend and check out