Alistair Viner

Hedonism Wines

Former head of the wine buying department at Harrods, Alistair Viner joined Hedonism Wines in 2011, and has helped the Mayfair emporium collate over 10,500 lines of wines and spirits — as well as making sure it gives a concierge… Read More

Steven Spurrier


Wine writer, consultant, vineyard-owner and former merchant, Steven Spurrier is quite simply a legend in the industry. When he created the Judgement of Paris on May 24th 1976 — an historic event at which experts rated Californian wines above Bordeaux… Read More

Niels Sherry

67 Pall Mall

Fed up with the inflated prices of fine wines in London restaurants, hedge-fund manager Grant Ashton founded 67 Pall Mall in a Grade II-listed building at that address — a former bank designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Membership sold out… Read More

Sebastian Riley-Smith

Smith & Taylor

Smith & Taylor has specialised in the storage and management of wine since 1986 when it was founded by Sebastian Riley-Smith (a descendant of brewer John Smith), who still runs it today. Their state-of-the-art Chelsea Bridge Cellars have been completely… Read More

Jamie Ritchie


Sotheby’s global head of wine Jamie Ritchie started buying wine by the case when he was 17 after an epiphany: ‘I realised that if I lived until I was 70 and drank a bottle of wine a day, then I’d… Read More

Patrick O’Connor


Born in Cork, Ireland, Patrick O’Connor had very little exposure to fine wine growing up. Then as a teenager he did his first harvest and hasn’t looked back since. ‘Wine is a wonderful career,’ he says. He has since made… Read More

Vincent O’Brien

Octavian Vaults

A hundred feet below the hills of Corsham, Wiltshire, some of the finest wine in the world is encased in twenty football pitches (90,000 sq m) of solid Bath stone. A former mine which is backed up by two aircraft… Read More

Craig Norton


Craig Norton first became interested in fine wine following a brief spell working in hospitality between school and university, before taking a job at a wine bar and then running a wine shop. He joined FINE + RARE six years… Read More

Nick Martin

Wine Owners

When you’re passionate, you have an unerring memory,’ says Wine Owners founder Nick Martin. A tech investment guru and former MD of a global marketing company with a serious love of wine, he reels off such a long and detailed… Read More

Ella Lister

Wine Lister

‘Anyone serious about investing in wine should be doing their research based on reliable, comprehensive data, rather than simply sticking a finger in the air,’ says Wine Lister founder Ella Lister. The revolutionary online tool evaluates the fine-wine market. ‘Fine… Read More