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Liam Steevenson MW
Master of Wine & CEO
In 2004 Liam became the youngest of only 163 Masters of Wine in the world to pass the exam, and one of only a select group to pass it on the 1st attempt, winning the Villa Maria prize for viticulture along the way. Having grown up in the wine industry, wine has been his vocabulary since an early age and led him to senior positions with Bibendum and Armit Wines before setting up his own business 'RED&WHITE' in the West Country, a company that went on to be the IWS Regional Wine Merchant of the Year with Liam becoming the O2 Yound Entrepreneur of the Year.
Liam established WINESTOCK, a Wine and Food Festival series in 2008 and then in 2008 took a break to consider, one that saw him set two Guinness World Records in a row accross the Atlantic Ocean. On return Liam joined the Waitrose Buying team, managing France, New Zealand and Australian categories.
In 2007 Lia founded Global Wine Solutions Ltd, an influential business that cosults accross the wine industyry. He runs wine-making projexts in France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Sardinia, India and New Zealand. Liam is also a recognises International Judge.
Liam is most proud of his three children, who all want to be anything but wine merchants and would love him to get in less planes!
Joe has been part of the team in Bristol for over 2 years now and didn't take much convincing to move from the pharmaceuticals industry to the wine trade. A love for evenings out and a father who previously ran a vineyard made the opportunity to join GWS difficult to resist. Based in Clifton, Joe has become completely immersed within the Bristol food and wine scene and a job that comprises finance with these interests is a perfect fit.
Outside of work Joe's passion for Italy has him taking multiple trips there every year, exploring everything the country has to offer. In Bristol, his sporty side sees him playing rugby in the week and cycling through the Mendips on the weekends.
Mark Pygott MW
Master of Wine & Wine Production Manager
Mark has worked in the wine industry since 2002, beginning his wine career as a cellar hand in England before moving to the Languedoc in the south of France to further hone his winemaking skills. On returning to the UK in 2004 he established a wine importing and distribution company that specialised in some of the less 'classic' wine-producing regions of the Old World.
Having sold this business in 2012, he moved to Taiwan. During his five years there he became Taiwan's first resident Master of Wine and established a consultancy business helping clients in numerous countries around the world. Mark has recently completed a book on French wine in collaboration with illustrator Michael O'Neill and is currently writing the next installment; 'A Field Guide to Italy'.
Whilst enjoying his mixed portfolio iof work that sees him regularly working in China, Taiwan, Australia and France, his recent move back to the UK has afforded him the opportunity to work with GWS and Liam; a friend in the wine-trade since 2005.
Head of Design
Martin is a multi-award-winning, highly skilled, Creative Director with a wide range of skills in, advertising, branding, design, illustration, print, UX, UI & digital. Martin has proven track record of design direction and consultancy for national and international clients, including managing design teams in Londin, New York and Sydney.
An excellent advocate for design an board level, Martin has the ability to align design strategy to business goals, for organisations to use and implement Design in the enhancement and differentiation of their brands and products.
In the past 20 years, Martin's work has ranged from advertising campaigns for international corporations suchs as Microsoft, Santander, General Motors, Diageo, Pernot Ricard, 20th Century Fox, to Graphic, UK, UI and Design systems for companies such as Liveposter, SSE, Waitrose, Pernod Ricard, in addition to working with a significant number of start-ups and SME's on branding and product development. This varied career has been recognised with 50+ industry awards, the highlight being two Cannes Lions.
Supply Chain Manager
It was 2009 when Jessica discovered how much she enjoyed working within the food and wine industry. Having travelled to New Zealand with a view to spending a year in the land of the long white cloud, she slowly realised that twelve months was never going to be enough. During her time on the other side of the world, Jessica discovered her love for the country and culture and lived on both the North and South Islands.
Yet it was on the paradise that is Waiheke Island, amongst the beautiful vineyards and smart restaurants that Jessica’s year slowly morphed into ten. It was whilst running the fine dining restaurant at Cable Bay Winery that Jessica realised her aptitude for getting things done. Whether writing menus, deciding on which wines to pair with the locally sourced seafood or creating memorable events for the constant stream of guests, Jessica always tried to ensure that diners’ experience was a memorable one.
Later in 2019, when she decided it was about time she came home, she didn't hesitate when Global Wine Solutions came calling in need of a ‘fixer’. Jessica deals with anything that falls under the category of supply chain and helps ensure that the wine we make is packaged, shipped, stored and delivered on time. Jessica holds WSET level two and is soon to undertake L3. On the weekends you will find Jessica swapping glass in hand for the reins of her thoroughbred friend Henry - hopefully not at the same time!
When it comes to profession wine people, Ben Glover is about as 'top-of-the-tree' as it gets, in New Zealand anyway! He has 'Chief Winemaker' and 'Director of Winemaking' titles from internationally acclaimed brands such as Wither Hills, Lindauer, Huntaway and Corbans on his resumé, and was most recently Group Winemaker for Accolade New Zealand, sourcing fruit from Hawke's Bay, Waipara, Marlborough and Central Otago for brands such as Mud House. In 2016 he made the decision to leave the day job, to go live with the family wine brand, Zephyr.
Ben is past Wine Marlborough committee member, chair of the Bragato Wine Show (New Zealand's only single vineyard wine show) and was chair of the Pinot Noir 2017 New Zealand, the world's largest and most prestigious Pinot Noir event, held every four years in Wellington.
He was an inaugral Len Evans scholar in 2001 and has over 25 years of experience as a national and international wine judge, testimony to his dedication to quality wine, both as a winemaker and as an appreciative wine drinker.
Pierrick Harang is the fifth generation of producers, oenologists from his fathers side, all sharing the same drive to create the best. Catching the bug from his dad, Pierre-Yves Harang, Chef de Caves of GH Mumm, Champagne, Pierrick was the top graduate from the Oenology & Research Centre of Chemistry University of Montpelier in 1998.
Pierrick brings technical expertise and scientific mastery of winemaking from grapes through to bottle. He offers extensive knowledge of the domestic and international markets, understanding te keys to product success. He closely follows the world's evolution, with a focus on emerging restrictions, trends and demands. A wine must belong to its time!
His experiences and passion are devoted to all wines, from the simplest to the most ambitious. Pierrick teaches how to create your own line of wines and how to sell them all over the world in his former University.
Pierrick is addicted to windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding and as such is not easy to reach on his lunch break!
Head of Atrium Spirits
Gemma recently joined the team as Head of Spirits following the expansion of the business, resulting in the launch of Atrium Spirits. Her career started 10 years ago when she finished university and took up the opportunity to travel and work on board a cruise ship for one of the leading cruise retail concessionaires. Her time on board led her to secure her role at the Head Office, where she went on to become the Global Duty-Free Buyer (spirits, tobacco, and confectionery) and discovered her love of working within the spirits industry. Gemma joins the company having also worked for a successful British craft distillery as Brand Development Manager for Premium Grocers, as well as working in London as an International Account Manager in the Travel Retail sector.
Having previously lived in Bristol for many years, Gemma is looking forward to making her return and to the opportunities that will come with the success and growth of Atrium Spirits.
Sales Manager Overseas
Bradley has been working in the wine industry for 6 years now and is originally from Sheffield. Starting in an account manager role and before joining Vineyard Productions working in Dubai for MMI as a Key Account Manager looking after prestige accounts such as Four Seasons Hotels, Marriot Group and Armani Hotel.
Bradley enjoys playing golf as much as he can when the British weather allows, also visiting new restaurants to try new cuisine and drinks. His favorite wines are from Northern Burgundy such as Chablis and also old vine Grenache from Australia.
Office Manager & Trade Sales Support
With over 15 years in the hospitality industry Lily has done it all- from managing nightclub bars and craft beer houses to upmarket dining and private events venues. A natural coordinator, she has also headed up business operations for event production and festival bar logistics businesses- all driven by her love of drinks, food, arts and people.
When the front of house and events industry came to a halt in March 2020, she was over the moon to find a new role in the drinks business, albeit it being in a slightly different format! She is an all-rounder and loves keeping everything organised in the Vineyard Productions office, as well as processing and fulfilling orders for our clients and customers.
Sales Manager UK
Daniel started his first business while still at university, going on to build one of the biggest direct marketing companies in the university sector at the time. He also continued his education, gaining post-graduate Diplomas in Marketing and Direct Marketing.
However, it was a WSET qualification taken for fun that set him on a very different path. After extensive travel, which included visiting many of the best wine regions in the US, France, Italy and New Zealand, he landed in Australia and embarked on a career in the wine industry.
Further WSET training followed, alongside wide-ranging roles including in bricks and mortar retail and fine wine broking. In 2010 he set up his own wine merchant business in Sydney, and also wrote a bi-weekly wine column for Australia’s most prestigious national newspaper, The Australian.
Upon returning to the UK Daniel joined Vineyard Productions, bringing a love of wine, a wealth of business experience and an entrepreneurial streak to his role as Sales Manager for the UK. He believes hard work and honesty go a long way to doing good business, along with always keeping the end consumer in mind.
Outside work he enjoys walking in the rain with his family and dog (although apparently they don’t); warm, brown, flat beer; volunteer work with Bath Rugby Foundation; and is threatening a comeback on the hockey pitch (again). And, of course, he loves a glass of wine every now and then.