Claudio Martins grew up in the Dao region of Portugal, surrounded by vineyards and spending the school holidays helping the local producers with the harvest. In return, he received a few Escudos but a wealth of knowledge about turning the humble grape into such a blissful drink. Claudio Martins is a passionate, dedicated and service focused Wine Consultant and Connoisseur with extensive expertise promoting new products, penetrating emerging markets and providing specialist advice to clients from corporate organisations, private individuals to royal families; focused on securing the right product at the right price for any occasion.
A well respected and trusted advisor with extensive sales & marketing expertise, supported by a proven track record in building international strategic alliances with 3rd parties, importers and local producers; thereby gaining competitive advantage with access to lean supply chains, emerging products, and local, regional and global markets. Claudio participated as a Judge for Decanter World Wine Awards since 2010 judging for Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and recently for Asia and spent several years building wine business for merchants and importers across Europe.
Liam Steevenson MW
Liam Steevenson became a Master of Wine when he was only 27 years of age, winning the Waitrose scholarship and Villa Maria Viticultural prize along the way, revealing not only his up-bringing in the industry but also his dedication to the subject. An excellent communicator, Liam has always tried to push the boundaries of the wine industry, aided by an ability to see the wider picture without missing the importance of fine detail. He is a driven, financially focussed individual with a passion for wine, the people that make it, and the places that influence quality and style. Liam has built strong working relationships within the global wine industry.
Liam produces his own wines in France, Spain, New Zealand and India. Pushing individual regions to create exceptional wines that are reflective of person and place.
Ambitious away from the wine bottle too, Liam is a world record breaking ocean rower, holds his Ocean Yachtmaster, is a keen windsurfer, and a very proud father of 3 children.
Elizabeth brings almost unrivalled understanding of the UK and European Wine Market, gleaned from over twenty years in the industry working for many of the UK's leading wine businesses on both the buying and selling sides. Most recently the Regional Business Development Manager (UK & Europe) for Ara Wines (NZ), she was responsible for distributors in the UK and Europe, developing market strategy and managing marketing budgets across all markets. Prior to this role, Elizabeth was the Director of Buying & Marketing for Paragon Wines & Spirits and before that, HBJ Wines & Spirits, overseeing supplier management, seeking out new suppliers (including two IWSC Trophy winners in Vavasour and Eikendal), the management of the brand management team and the re-branding of the company's corporate identity.
Emma brings to RED&WHITE a wealth of creative experience and a multitude of organisational skills: she honed her practice as an artist while studying for her MFA at Goldsmiths University and currently also works as Studio Manager for the Stirling Prize winning architecture practice Witherford Watson Mann in London. Her other passion is wine (of course) more specifically low intervention wine from independent vineyards with a story to tell.
Sara has been part of the team for two years now, holding it all together and ensuring the numbers work (someone has to!). She not only bring a incredibly thorough way of working to the business but compliments it with a real enthusiasm for wine too, adding so much more to the business than we could have ever hoped for.