Does wine ever seem a bit much? Loads of choice, too many different unpronounceable names and no idea if you’re going to enjoy what’s in the bottle. Sure, they say this wine goes with fish and that one goes with beef, but which one goes with a Friday night in with your friends? And which should you open the first time you’re cooking for a new love interest?
Vintner began when two seasoned wine enthusiasts/professionals looked at the way wine was being marketed to the modern drinker, got frustrated and said, “what the f*ck are we doing?” Why is wine intimidating and condescending? Why are people paying so much for some bottles and not others?
Having spent a whole load of money on misleading and underwhelming wine, Julia & Hamish set out to make wine easy. Easy to choose, easy to buy and easy to enjoy.
Meet the bunch
AKA Jules. Running the show is no easy feat, but Julia sure doesn’t make it look hard! When she’s not busy being the glue that holds us all together, Jules loves hitting the ski slopes, exploring new places, and spending time with friends, family, and enjoying a glass or two of wine, of course. She’s a fan of bubbles, Central Otago pinot noir, Rhône reds, and white Burgundy — but no coffee, thanks.
AKA Hamalam. If he weren’t heading up our operation, Hamish would probably be running Dolly Parton’s presidential campaign (not of the USA, but the world). Among his other loves, Hamish counts pasta, a tasteful level of sarcasm, and ‘always being right’. You’ll get into his good books with a bottle of Saint-Joseph, blanc de blancs Champagne, or any chardonnay on the planet — as long as you aren’t a slow walker.
AKA Turbo. Lucy is a caffeine cocktail in human form. When she’s not looking after our brand and affiliate partners or talking up a storm at wine events, she can be found travelling, dancing, and hanging out with her dog. Her drink of choice is a chardonnay-based South African blend, and she wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of crocs.
AKA Muges. If Matt wasn't a Vintner he may well be a very average physicist or an above average cricket reporter. An aspiring polymath, Matt loves picking up everything new and shiny and seeing what it does. You'll get into his good books with a bottle of Sancerre, and a good book, and if it comes with long rambling conversation, all the better!
How We Pick Bottles
The first step in making wine easy is to make sure that everything we sell tastes great.
That's why we don't stock hundreds of bottles at bargain prices - we don't think you should be offered a disappointing bottle of wine.