Wine Source is a global premium wine supplier. We came in to existence with the vision of providing clients with the best wines - sourced directly from top châteaux and domaines - alongside specialist consultancy from world-class trade professionals.
We work closely with the world's top hotels and restaurants, as well as directly with private clients. We offer a wine-buying experience that is truly bespoke, client-led and unique within the wine trade. Our reputation enables us to source rare and specific vintages directly from the cellars of the most highly regarded wine producers in the world.
We think of ourselves as the world's 'Fine Wine Concierge' service: a modern wine company made of fresh-thinking experts, delivering a customised service to suit luxury lifestyles. Our team is made up of highly experienced fine wine merchants and sommeliers from Michelin-starred restaurants.
Our fully regulated AIF Wine Fund adds a further element to the Wine Source offering. Investors and loyal customers are invited to join the elite Melchior Club, to benefit from a global concierge service and exclusive events.
The industry for sourcing wine seemed dull and impersonal to Philippe when he decided to change the game. Though his initial career was in the tech world, he was always an experienced wine collector and investor. He followed his passion and started his own company with a vision to deliver immaculate service through professional experience. He received his US Wine Professional Degree from WSS with Honors. Besides being the founder of Wine Source Group and the Wine Source Fund, he is the founding investor in a large range of industries. Previously, Philippe was the President EMEA of Polaroid, the Head of Digital Business and CMO at Kodak Europe, and Director and Country Manager at Lexmark.
Mathieu was born in a family of winemakers and merchants from the Rhone Valley. After completing his education, he used this knowledge to create an import structure to distribute and promote French wine in London. He spent 5 years at Enotria World Wine (Britain’s leading import and distribution of international wines) as a National Sales Manager. He is now the director of all sales at Wine Source Group. Mathieu holds the WSET diploma.
Born and raised in Capri, where her passion of wine was fostered. Viviana's first taste of the wine industry was as an Assistant Manager at wine shop Aurora Vino, while also studying foreign trade markets economy in Naples university and obtaining an Italian Sommelier Association Level 2. She was one of the first to join Wine Source Group in 2011 and grew alongside this fast-paced environment from Sales Admin Manager to Group Sourcing Manager. Viviana holds the WSET Level 3 certificate in Wines & Spirits.
Jasmine's roots lie in Bordeaux where she graduated in accounting and management. She started her Uk career as a Finance manager for advertising agent Mercury Publicity and Management accountant for trade exhibition specialist Emap Connect. She has been part of the Wine Source adventure for nearly 5 years. Already a keen drinker of sweet Bordeaux whites, and recently having obtained her WSET Level 3, Jasmine's interest in wine is widening alongside Wine Source.
Tom has been in the fine wine trade for 15 years. A Chemistry degree at Bristol University led, unsurprisingly, to a thirst for fine wine. After flirting with winemaking in Chile and the Douro Valley, Tom opted for a four-year stint at Majestic Wines. Eventually he moved to Corney & Barrow, but not before six months working in a winery in the Yarra Valley. Tom's relaxed approach to sales and fondness for a good lunch was well received by Corney's largely traditional cliental and he enjoyed several years as their foremost salesman. In 2013 a new challenge beckoned when Tom was drawn to Wine Source to help fashion a market-leading, truly bespoke private client business. He readily admits though that it was a wonderful lunch at the Connaught with Philippe, Mathieu and Hugues and a bottle of Domaine Prieuré Roch, which sealed the move.
Hugues started his Sommelier career in London working for The Bleeding Heart Group. After 2 years he was given the opportunity to work for renowned Chef Alain Ducasse at The Louis XV in Monaco (3 Michelin Star Restaurant). There he learned everything he has based his career on. His first Head Sommelier position was at the Claridges Hotel for Gordon Ramsay, followed by Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and finally The Connaught Hotel working with Helene Darroze. He is now the Private Client Director at Wine Source and has been with the company for almost 4 years. Hugues has an established network of private clients and HNWIs. He is one of the most famous and respected sommeliers in UK.
Maria’s roots come from the south of Sweden. While finishing her studies in Restaurant Management and WSET, she started her wine-loving career around Sweden and Copenhagen working for top restaurants. She then decided to develop her skills in London, where she has lived for the past 6 years working for prestigious places such as Corinthia Hotel, Roka, and Zuma. She was appointed Head Sommelier at Coya from the start of its operation. Maria made her way to Wine Source Group three years ago as an on-trade sales manager.
Born in Melbourne and with French citizenship, Grant epitomises the international diversity of Wine Source Group. Grant has wide experience of hospitality and the wine trade, gained over 24 years working in restaurants, travelling through vineyards, and studying in the UK, France, Australia, US and Canada. He has a passion for produce, provenance and their culinary expression as well as a profound love & knowledge of wine. He is thrilled to join the dynamic, diverse and talented team at Wine Source and to work with the engaging portfolio of agencies and professional service proposition that is uniquely customer-led.
She is the first French woman and one of only three female Master Sommeliers in the UK. She won best UK Sommelier of the year 2006, the same year she passed as Master. She is a member of the jury in UK Sommelier of the Year, which presents the opportunity to meet sommeliers from all restaurants in the UK. Her previous experience as sommelier includes Bernard Loiseau In Burgundy, Michel Gerard in the South West of France, both 3* Restaurants and Hotel du Vin in UK. She was also the on-trade account manager for the largest UK wine merchant Enotria.
Tristan comes from Lyon, France where he earned his education in business at CEFAM before moving to Bordeaux to focus on wine. There, he followed with several internships at wine related companies. He went from being an assistant winemaker at Château de Reignac to being a sales assistant at Bernard Magrez Grands Vignobles Proprietaire. Before coming to WSG, he was manager’s assistant at Clos du Mont Vinon, a wine shop in the middle of the Rhone Valley.
Jonathan is a top sommelier coming from the Basque region. Having received his education at Lycee Hotelier de Biarritz and later at CAFA Bordeaux, he worked his way through restaurants in France as an assistant. Eventually he found his way to London, becoming assistant head sommelier at Murano, head sommelier at Berners Tavern and later head sommelier at Clos Maggiore. He came second at the Best Sommelier in the World competition by WSA in 2013. Now with Wine Source Group, he manages sales with Trade and Privates clients. If not found in a nearby London restaurant drinking his way through a funky wine list you might also find him in a live music show or with his shirt off in a park near the East End, enjoying life and a picnic.
Hamish followed his godfather into the wine trade, having witnessed him ‘working’ at the horse races in his capacity as a Champagne salesman and realising it was clearly a great career path. He studied Ancient Greece at the University of Exeter, coupled with some field research in Champagne for two harvests. In 2008 he joined Châteaux Giscours & Du Tertre in Margaux, where he stayed for 18 months to make the 2009 vintage. In 2010 Hamish returned to England as a Private Account Manager for Berry Bros. & Rudd. Five years later, having spearheaded their Business Development Team, he decided to join an exciting, growing business in Wine Source UK. The main attraction was Wine Source's outstanding portfolio of rare, exclusive producers, which led to him creating their Trade Sales Department. He still enjoys a good long lunch with the few private clients who still tolerate his company. Outside of wine his time is spent between occupying a permanent seat on the physio table at his rugby club, driving his ancient Mercedez-Benz and increasing his golf handicap.
Axel received a well-rounded education at INSEEC with a Masters degree in wine sales and a second Masters in wine marketing. Before joining WSG, Axel worked in hospitality, a motor company, and as an assistant marketer for Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Another important position to note was being a wine dealer for the Bureau de Courtage François Lévêque.
Sophie graduated University of Rennes 2 with degree in applied foreign languages. She spent her first career years as a receptionist at Hôtel Le Manoir du Stang and Hotel Guitart Central Park. Later on she worked as an accountant assistant at Cabinet SOCOGEC and a production manager at SA Armoric Meralliance. Sophie joined WSG as an accounting assistant in 2016.
Ruth has ten years' experience in the wine trade, graduating from cellar rat, to specialist retail, then to national sales, before joining Wine Source Group. She feels four years at Oxford University followed by two working in high-end travel was an excellent preparation for a career in wine. She was drawn to Wine Source Group by the fantastic agencies, great team, and sheer excitement of working for a fresh-thinking wine services company.
Most roads to the wine business lead through the restaurant business and most roads to the restaurant business lead through the entertainment industry. This is what happened to Brian Scott. With a degree in Theatre and Dance he found out quickly that working in fine dining was the best way to support the acting habit. This resulted in a passion for wine, et voila; a combined 21 year career in restaurants, wine education and wine sales. Along the way he has been a professional photographer, horse trainer, riding instructor, rock climber, dog trainer and general Renaissance man stuck in a specialized world.
Born in NYC and raised in Dominican Republic, Dalia has been in the US Wine industry since 2011. With over 10 years in sales support and logistics experience, she is uniquely suited to making sure that Wine Source can deliver to clients in a timely, efficient and superlative manner. Called “Momma Dalia” by the NY team, she rules operations like a fine bottle of Volnay.
Kyle has received multiple certifications as a sommelier and has worked as one at various Michelin-Starred restaurants, such as the Trump in Chicago and The Mark in New York City. After 8 years in working at these top restaurants, Kyle joined Wine Source Group as a sales consultant to the NY Metro area; a place he now calls home. His expertise and passion lies in the region of Champagne, France. Champagne can be one of the most elusive yet pleasurable things one can experience in the world of wine.
Celeste has 15 years of wine industry experience working in California with the Chalone Wine Group at Edna Valley Vineyard, DIAGEO Chateau and Estate Wines, Zaca Mesa Winery in Santa Barbara County and in 2013 co-founded Selective Origin in Paris. "I became interested in wine because it has strong ties to my agricultural roots and the traditions of my background in the Mid-West. I love the idea of terroir as it relates to both people and wines: uniqueness comes from a sense of place in that the effects of a particular environment shape individuality and character."
Thomas has had an impressive history on the business front. He is the founder and CEO of Selective Origin in Paris. He is also CEO of M. Chapoutier in Australia. He is the MD of Vranken Estates, a new subsidiary Vranken-Pommery Monople in the UK, covering UK, Canada, and HK. Lastly, he is the executive vice president of Vranken-Pommery American.
Jason has spent over 10 years in the NY fine dining scene with the previous 3 as Head Sommelier of MASA, the only 3 Michelin star Japanese restaurant outside of Tokyo. With his extensive knowledge of fine wine, Wine Source is a natural fit for his first position outside of the restaurant business. When not studying wine, he can be found playing music and rooting for the NY Mets.
Seck Wee was first introduced to the joys of imbibing wine in his earlier days in university where the pursuits of higher knowledge led him to discover the giddy fruits of Dionysus. His career path definitely led him astray, towards related lifestyle business segments, including fashion publications, cosmetics, alcoholic beverages, retail department stores, consumer electronics, all of which accentuated his relationship with wine. Throughout his professional career history spanning over 3 ½ decades, Seck Wee held senior management roles building market leadership positions for many consumer & lifestyle brands in markets throughout Asia, including L’Oreal, Tiger Beer, Mattel Toys, Singapore Telecoms, & Eastman Kodak to name a few. As providence goes, Seck Wee first met Philippe Kalmbach, (Founder & CEO of Wine Source), over a decade ago one dark and cold night in Rochester NY, USA over dinner. These newly found MNC colleagues soon struck up a long standing relationship, which finally extended to Seck Wee helping to start-up the Wine Source offices in Singapore (mid 2012) and, Macau (mid 2013). When not working or drinking, whichever being the worse case, he chills out by falling back on his first love for classical music, plus watching movies & attending concerts. The occasional game of tennis still takes place, when timings permit and hitting partners are available.
Michael’s path started upon graduating high school in Malaysia and studying abroad in Switzerland for Hotel and Restaurant Management. He has worked in a few unique and off-course industries as the years passed, especially as a chef during his study in Switzerland, as an assistant restaurant manager in Hainan Island China, and as a senior customer service representative for the Spa in The Venetian Macau. However, he realized the Food and Beverage industry was much more suitable for his future career as he joined Wynn Macau as a restaurant supervisor in 2010. The next level of his professional service career came about when the restaurant manager and wine director discovered his talent of becoming a wine sommelier. For nearly 5 years at Wynn Macau, Michael developed himself from an average sommelier to an experienced senior sommelier by obtaining a WSET Level 3 advance with distinction results and qualification of a Certified Sommelier for Court of Master Sommelier. His career with Wine Source group started in 2014 with a coincidental meeting with the company CEO and President of the Asia office at Wynn’s signature Italian restaurant (Il Teatro). Their meeting provided him with the confidence to open a new branch of Wine Source in Macau, rather than Hong Kong.
Annie graduated from the Wharton Business School at UPenn. She received her accounting certificate Level 2 and 3 and her WSET certificate in Level 1 and 2. She was a management trainee at Wynn Macau for 3 years before joining WSG in 2014.
Sonia comes from Macau where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Event Management and WSET certificate in Level 2. After finishing 6 months internship in Galaxy Entertainment Group as a production trainee, she joined WSG as an operation executive in 2014.
Susan was first introduced to the mysteries of Wine Source over two years ago, when she was assigned to take over the accounts and administration of this company, during her tenure as Senior Accounts Executive of an US based Business Advisory Firm, providing finance, book-keeping and secretarial services. With effect from January 1st 2016, Susan has thrown caution to the winds, and joined us as Accountant of the Singapore office. Being somewhat a teetotaler, Susan keeps the office accounts on the straight and narrow path, making sure we pay our bills as well as collecting our debts too. Her bubbly nature is her known trademark, providing all who connect with her, a welcome, softer touch to how our business is conducted. Susan loves to travel, cook and plays the legendary game of mahjong once a year.
Mr Tan, as he is often referred to, is a serious young man who has made his mark as a budding young chef in a number of fine restaurants in Singapore, before deciding to hang up his knives, pots and pans in favour of wine, wine and more wine. Well, not exactly. Si Hao, also known as Gerard (his ‘not so secret’ identity) during his restaurant days, provides the backline of support in ALL operations, being the ‘Go-to’ Guy, for inventory management, stock control, warehousing, delivery and order fulfillment as well as invoicing. Wine for Si Hao is often reduced to a digit, SKU or costing exercise, which is a great pity, as Si Hao, while being a practicing chef, is also a Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW), with a known sensitive palate. We have yet to try his cooking in the office. We are still waiting. Meanwhile, when not working, he often disappears on short vacation trips to his favourite food capitals in Japan, and throughout South East Asia. And yes, did we mention that he has a passion for both sake and single malt whisky? Enough said.