jueves, 15 de noviembre de 2012

Handford Wines (South Kensington - London)


Handford Wines is an independent wine merchant since 1989. Recently they have won in 2012 IWC (International Wine Challenge) Award for UK's South Africa Specialist.

A short walk down the Old Brompton Road from South Kensington tube, Handford's new shop, which used to be home to iconic merchant La Vigneronne, is a worthwhile destination for any wine lover. Spain, Portugal, Italy and Burgundy are strong, while South Africa excels. Lots of interest here, and you can forgive the slightly high prices when you see the depth of the range.

Is a charming little shop, with a friendly and helpful staff. Lots of very interesting wines and worthy to visit. They always try to champion the small artisanal wine producer, offering wines of distinction and character, often shipped direct from the wineries. Where on occasion they offer larger producer´s wines, these are always benchmark examples, world leaders in their own right, often produced from small single estates or single vineyards of exceptional terroir.

Strengths: Languedoc, South Africa, Burgundy, Italy, Portugal and Spain.


Very knowledgeable and friendly staff, great wines with many new finds. They do good tastings and presentations.

- James Handford MW: James founded Handford Wines in 1989 with the aim of bringing the highest quality Fine Wines from around the world to the good people of Holland Park. When the opportunity arose to take over the old site of La Vigneronne in South Kensington it was an easy decision. Became the youngest Master of Wine in 1994.

Favourite tipple: A real soft spot for classic Languedoc Reds but still nothing hits the mark like a good bottle of Red Burgundy from the Cotes de Nuits.

Contact: james@handford.net

- Greg Sherwood MW: Joining them in 2000 as the Marketing Manager for Fine Wines, Greg, now is the Senior Buyer, is the man travelling the four corners to find the most finely crafted and sought after wines in the world. Completed the prestigious Master of Wine exams in 2007. Interested in En Primeur or difficult to find Fine Wines? Make sure to get in touch!

Favourite tipple: Desert island reds – The 3 M’s … Margaux, Montebello & Masseto

Contact: greg@handford.net

- Gavin Deaville: Gav first arrived to manage the Holland Park shop which they sadly shut in 2007. Now, the glue that holds the whole operation together, you’ll find him running everything from their Marketing through to their Stock Ordering, Maintenance, and general motivation!

Favourite tipple: A good Manchester lad it would have to be a Boddingtons.

Wine-wise: Chateau Palmer, if you’re buying, or Riesling – the Achilles heal!

Contact: gavin@handford.net

- Mick O'Connell: Mick joined the team in May 2011 as Retail Manager and looks after the day to day running of the shop. Finished his Wine & Spirits Diploma in 2010. Get in touch regarding parties, weddings, cellar management or just the right bottle for a rainy day

Favourite tipple: If a Sassicaia '85 isn't to hand he'll settle for a Guinness

Contact: mick@handford.net

- Vicky Thompson: Vicky joined the team in May 2011 to assist with day to day running of the store and to put together the Tasting programme in their cellar. Completed her WSET Diploma in 2010. Please get in touch with her if you would like help planning an event, or to hire their cellars and for any other Vinous related matters.

Favourite tipple: 2002 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenue Batard Montrachet please! Or anything from Northern Italy would do!

Contact: vicky@handford.net

- Harley Teraoke: Harley is their trusted van driver! He works in the afternoon from Tuesday to Friday and keeps all of their logistics ticking over.

Favourite tipple: If he has a spare second he can show you the recipe for the perfect Caipirinha but in the world of wine he is all about Spain – Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Bierzo - the list goes on… and of course the mindblowing Miolo Brazilian sparkler!


Greg was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and as the son of a career diplomat, spent his first 21 years travelling the globe with his parents. All the related wining and dining, in the line of duty, is where he first realised his passion for fine wine.

With a Business Management and Marketing degree from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Greg began his working career as a commodity trader. During this time, he rediscovered his passion for the wine trade and passed his Diploma wine degree at the Cape Wine Academy in Johannesburg in 2000.

A move back to Europe in mid-2000 to pursue a wine career in London, "the centre of the world fine wine trade" according to Greg, allowed him to work with and amongst some of the great wine personalities of the modern era.

As Marketing Manager for fine wines from 2000 to 2006, and more recently Senior Wine Buyer for fine wines at Handford Wines in South Kensington, London, Greg, along with Handford Wines owner James Handford MW, has had the opportunity to buy, sell and taste some of the most finely crafted and sought after wines in the world on a daily basis.

This extensive tasting exposure enabled Greg to pass his Master of Wine tasting papers in his first sitting in 2004. Greg completed his Theory examination in 2006 and the MW dissertation process in 2007 with a topic entitled "Method Cap Classique Production in Constantia, South Africa."

While Greg personally expresses no firm wine drinking preferences other than for "well made wines", his knowledge and expertise in the field of South African wines in particular is considerable.

Greg is proud to be counted as only the fourth South African ever to pass the prestigious Master of Wine examinations, and looks forward to helping and encouraging more of his fellow countrymen through the rigours of the MW process.

Greg is also a family man, and enjoys the wonders of family life with his English rose wife Nicky, and his pride and joy in life, his son's Sam and Louis.


- Mailing List: For the most up to date information on offers and tastings, you can sign-up to their mailing list.

- Delivery: If you live close to the shop they can offer free local delivery, they  can also offer next day delivery anywhere in the UK if you contact them before 1pm. If you have spent over £150 they can offer this service free of charge, otherwise there is a £10 charge.

- Gifts: Pick up the perfect gift for any occasion in wooden or card boxes, or in elegant gift bags.

- Party planning & glass loan: From picking the perfect wine to meet the needs of your nibbles through to delivering on time with glasses & ice, they aim to remove all the stress of planning your next big party... one less thing to worry about! They can offer Sale or Return but please do first read our terms & conditions

- En Primeur: En Primeur offers our customers the chance to purchase some of the world's finest wine while still in barrel.

- Wedding lists: Not only can they arrange your wine for the big day itself but they can also set up a wedding list so you receive the perfect vinous gifts when you return from your honeymoon. Depending on your needs they can arrange wines for drinking today, in the future or as an investment

- Cellar Management: Cellar management can be a fantastic opportunity to purchase the wines you want to drink in the future or for putting together the perfect investment portfolio.

- Trade Sales:
If you own a Restaurant, Hotel or Bar and are interested in having access to some of the finest wines in the world for your list, expertly hand-selected to accompany your food by a Master of Wine.

Handford Wines
Hand selected wine since 1989...
105 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3LE

Tel: +44 20 7589 6113 Fax: +44 20 7581 2983
E-mail: wine@handford.net Web: www.handford.net

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