RICHARD BALLANTYNE MW | See Masters of Wine.
Richard started in the wine business at the age of 18, joining his father’s wine business in Wales in 1991. Despite studying electronic engineering, he always knew his career path would lead to wine. In 2011, Richard joined wholesaler Matthew Clark as their Wine Development Specialist for London in the new business team, and a year or so later became regional account manager for Armit Wines where he spent four years working with the great retailers and wholesalers of the UK with a portfolio heavy with the great producers of Italy. Richard is now UK Accounts Manager for Vinexus, a specialist importer of Italian wines: a country which has become Richard’s obsession over the years, more precisely the great wines of Piedmont, especially those made from Nebbiolo.
MW Research Paper: Barolo – Is there an economic benefit in producing under a Cru Label Designation? If there is, what are the reasons?
‘Thirteen New Masters of Wine’, World of Fine Wine 05 Sept 2016 (online).