Job Role: Export Manager
“Working in wine honestly came as a result of having a passion for and experience of working in a very International environment; figuring out how to get products to market, on time and in the correct packaging.
Wine is something that I got into later and have come to love as part of being able to interact with people from so many different countries and cultures.
I am still overwhelmed by wine as a product; the vastness of the selection available, the geography and associated rules…not to mention the constant misconception that my friends think I should always know what to order from a wine list when we go out!
Outside of work I love to travel! Both overseas and to explore some of the beautiful English countryside, which enables me to pursue my love of walking with friends, with our dogs, eating and drinking in many of our wonderful Inns around the country, and the occasional trip into Manchester to see what’s new and bustling. To compensate for spending a lot of time on cramped aeroplanes I go the gym as often as I can.”
Job Role: International New World Product Manager
My passion for wine was well and truly ignited after spending time studying languages in Mediterranean countries, and indulging in the array of delightful offerings that are part of daily life! I actively pursued a career in wine and worked for an organic wine company before joining Boutinot in 2005 and completing my Diploma.
My go-to wines would be Italian Pecorino, Eden Valley Riesling, good Chilean Carménère and rustic Spanish reds. I’m also a huge supporter of English Fizz!
Two crazy kids take up most of my spare time however as a fledgling Yogini you may also find me practising my “Sirsasana“. I love to travel abroad, but also dedicate time to exploring more of our beautiful homeland ; although us Brits like to moan about the weather, I adore our ever changing seasons!
Job Role: Export Sales Manager (Canada)
Born on the east coast of Canada, now living on the west, with years spent in parts in between, I am as Canadian as they come. When not extolling the virtues of Boutinot wines across this vast, beautiful land, I am skiing, running, downward-dogging, talking hockey, cooking with my fantastic family and dreaming about my next dog: a Newfoundland!
Job Role: International Old-World Product Manager
“I got into wine 5 years ago whilst on an internship in China. I thought the world of wine was just fascinating and decided to pursue a career in this path. I play football, I love food, Rhone Valley wines, food and did I mention food?”
Job Role: Export sales manager (Denmark, Russia, CIS states, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Australia)
“I am a lover of food, wine, family and friends, and happiest when I get the chance to mix them all up together! Outside of wine and work I like walking, glamping, long weekends and sunny weather.”
Job Role: Export Sales Manager (India, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Africa, UK)
“I’ve always been fascinated by wine, but but I never considered a career in wine possible until I stumbled across a Majestic Wines booth at a careers fair.
I’ve never looked back and can’t imagine working in another industry.
Any wine made well can be excellent, but a good Sancerre or a great Napa Cab take some beating! When my time’s not taken up with my family I love watching and playing cricket, cooking and reading…pretty much anything quiet!”
Job Role: Export Sales Manager (Germany, Italy, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand)
“I love biking and walking with my family in the mountains surrounding Barcelona. I like action movies, and I get carried away with Monk and Coltrane. And, of course, I enjoy food, wine, family and friends, if possible, all together!”
Job Role: Export Sales Manager (Spain, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Baltics, Serbia, Mexico, South America)
“I started in the wine business back in 2003 when I was employed as a junior sales rep in a local winery in Yecla, Spain. While it’s great to be based locally and near my family, I do love South Africa and the wonderful wines made there. My wife and children keep me pretty busy, but I also enjoy Hapkido (martial arts) and Reggae music.”
Job Role: Export Sales Manager (Northern Ireland, Ireland & Germany)
Many (many!) years ago while working for a brewery, an opportunity arose to take a WSET course & that was it – I was hooked & a change in career soon followed. In the years since I’ve had many amazing experiences & made some great friends along the way. It’s often challenging but the good times tend to be really quite good; it’s been said that our industry does appreciate a good night out! It’s also one of the few careers where friends & family actively encourage bringing the job home, although my wife still doesn’t accept that the customer trips are all actually ‘work’…!”
Job Role: Export Sales Manager (South East Asia)
It all started in New Zealand in 2012, when I left home to join my first wine company. From this point on my passion for wine was sealed!
Now based in Vietnam, when I do get a chance to go home, I spend my time fishing in the lakes and rivers of Brittany or exploring different wine regions. Southern Rhône Valley blends and grenache-orientated blends are my favourite.”
Job Role: Export Sales Manager (France, Switzerland, Iceland, Lebanon, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Bahamas, Caribbean, Indian Ocean)
After living a thousand lives in one and trying all kinds of jobs, I’ve finally found my deep passion in wine.
I think wine brings together science and social interactions, and it usually makes everyone happy!
I eventually moved to Bordeaux to learn everything about vinification and viticulture; an experience, which equipped me to now be part of the best international team ever, in the best company: Boutinot International. When I’m not cooking with a glass of wine in one hand, you’ll be sure to find me hiking in the beautiful Cheshire countryside or just tableware shopping to make sure my next dinner is perfect!
Job Role: Export Sales Manager (Nordics)
After graduating from university, I started working in a restaurant to save up some money to see the world. Boutinot supplied the wine to that restaurant and gave me my first ever wine training at 21 where I was intrigued, bewildered and overwhelmed by the diversity of wine and totally won over by Boutinot’s story. After travelling for 18 months and continuing to work in bars and restaurants, I started working in Boutinot’s on-trade team and after 7 great years moved into my role in International.
I’m constantly tasting new wines from all over, but the quality and price ratio in South Africa never fails to astound me, and I find the wide range of wines made here incredibly exciting. When I’m not on wine travels, I can be found on long walks with friends, at the local pub, with my head in a book or talking to my houseplants…
Job Role: International Product and Marketing
“My career in wine started in 2015, after completing my WSET I got a job as a sommelier. I then decided it was time to explore wine from beyond the glass. I went travelling round the world and managed to get a job at a winery in Mornington Peninsula in Australia. From there I joined Boutinot in 2019 and have loved working with such a wonderful group of people, and the great wine helps too!
Outside of work you can usually find me cooking something extravagant with a glass of wine in hand, day dreaming about my next travels or out exploring new restaurants and bars of Liverpool & Manchester.”
Job Role: International Marketing
“Language boffin and grammar pedant, who found my way to Boutinot by happy accident and relished the opportunity to learn more about wine.
I am starting to enjoy the subtlety of white wine, but big, bold reds are still my glass of choice.
Outside of work you can usually find me in the nearest cheese shop, knitting my latest project or obsessing over other peoples’ dogs.”
Job Role: International Customer Services
“I enjoy dining out and a glass or two of a fresh, old-world white wine. My weekends are usually spent with family and friends, or alternatively I like sewing, reading, shopping or walking. And learning about wine, of course!”
Job Role: International Customer Services
“A recent addition to the ‘family’!
My curiosity for wine has been inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of the Boutinot team: when love of wine is in the air, you are naturally drawn to it!
Aside from this new interest, I love to travel, study languages and spend as much time outdoors as possible.”