Global Leadership Team
Chief Wine Officer
Prior to discovering his passion for the world of wine and spirits, Stuart held diverse roles in asset management and headhunting. A British national, he has worked across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, holds degrees in engineering from both British and European universities, is WSET Advanced certified (Distinction), a French speaker, and a keen sportsman.
Global Head of Sales
I entered the wine industry in 2012 at a well-known UK wine retailer. Here, I encountered the wonderful world of wine and pursued this passion into a career. Following this, in 2015, I joined a prominent merchant to focus on the industry’s fine wine & spirits aspect. Initially based in London, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to hone and develop my career in Asia. Ask me about my wine preferences, and I will tell you what I am drinking now, but it will change every 3 months. Broadly I love wines from Champagne, Tuscany, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and California, so I guess I am well covered. For me, the beauty with wine and spirits is the journey through exploration! Aside from wine & spirits, I enjoy food, golf, hikes, days at the beach, and, like most people traveling. I guess a lot of these have exploration in common.
Head of Sourcing & Operations
Though I had my first sip of wine at a very young age — probably a Tuscan, Piemonte, or Napa red — and had been very interested in wine for many years, particularly since moving to Paris, I owe the idea to consider preceding a career as a language teacher in favour of venturing into the wine world to a childhood friend. I began as an intern, assisting with content creation, and later headed both content creation and wine and spirits sourcing for the APAC division of a luxury lifestyle company. I have had the pleasure of encountering many exceptional wines in my years of tasting. Still, I am happy not to have developed (at least consciously) a preference for any style or region.
Sales & Relationship Management
Senior Relationship Manager - HK
Pierre grew up surrounded by vines and wineries, in Chablis, where his family runs a family-owned domaine. Since a very young age, he’s been attracted by the wine world and the passionate people who compose it. School naturally led him to study for a viticulture/oenology diploma in the wine school of Beaune, and later to graduate from wine business degrees in both Bordeaux and Dijon. Yet, Pierre is open-minded and sent sometime abroad learning about wine: in the USA and in New Zealand. Settled in the Hong Kong wine scene for a few years now, Pierre always enjoys spending some time out with his clients.
Relationship Manager - HK
Having discovered fine wine while working in the City of London in the late 1980’s it was perhaps inevitable that I’d move from collecting to selling fine wine at some stage. After many years in the F&B business in HK & Southern China, a stint at CWC HK led to me being asked to open the Asian office for a major UK wine merchant at about the time of the Lafite rush in 2008/09, after which I opened my own wine business which saw great success and allowed me to travel the world for a decade in search of great wines. A morning at DRC followed by time at Domaine Dujac was certainly a highlight, but then again, a few valuable hours at Petrus tasting the just bottled 2009 Petrus is a memory I treasure, but so many of my great wine moments have come from discovering small family-owned producers whose wines remind me of the terroir and the people who make the wines at much more wallet-friendly price points.
Relationship Manager - UK
Valiant is an active wine enthusiast and Hong Kong-born British national. His wine journey embarked in Burgundy, where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Wine Business and traveled widely to wine producers of multiple regions. After that, he worked 8 years in London and Hong Kong for one of the most prestigious wine merchants globally, leaving the company as Senior Private Account Manager. Throughout the years, Valiant has developed extensive knowledge in wine from classic regions to lesser-known ones like Sherry and Jura, all crediting to the daily opportunity of tasting numerous wines and the WSET Diploma. During his time in London, Valiant also developed a passion for craft beer and whisky.
Customer Services & Operations
Operations Manager - HK
Jessie has a positive attitude with a keen understanding of service. After working as a client services role at a major wine auction house and wine trading firm for some years. She discovered her passion for wine and can keep learning more and more knowledge each day. Jessie joined the Crop & Vine in 2021, consisting of many knowledgeable, professional, and passionate colleagues. She believes that working in the Crop & Vine team will be more fun and explore wines with other wine lovers.
Logistics Manager - HK
More than 7 years of solid experience in the wine industry and logistics arrangements, assisting wine lovers in moving their wines to their destination. Also, a wine lover and love to share great wines with others and look for something interesting.
Operations and Logistics Executive
Paley has solid experience both within the wine and spirits industry as well as further afield focussing on the customer service and logistics area. With a proactive attitude, Paley loves interacting with clients and making sure they get their wines and are happy with our after sales service.