The Handford Wines Team

James Handford MW

James Handford MW

The Boss
James founded Handford Wines in 1989. The aim was to bring wines of character, charm and a true representation of their origin to the good people of Holland Park. James became an MW in 1994, one of the youngest Masters at the time.
Gavin

Gavin

General Manager
Gav first arrived to manage the Holland Park shop which we sadly shut in 2007. Now, the glue that holds the whole operation together, you’ll find him running everything from our general management through to our maintenance.
Celia

Celia

Retail Manager
Celia is our retail manager, in charge of all things happening in the shop. She fell in love with the wine trade during an internship in Pauillac and still has a soft spot for fine left-bank wines, though she also loves more modern, funky wines.
Laurie (DipWSET)

Laurie (DipWSET)

Marketing and eCommerce
An Aussie with an unsurprising fondness for Margaret River wines, Laurie completed his WSET Diploma of Wines and Spirits in 2018. As well as helping people find amazing wines, Laurie manages the online and marketing side of the business.
Vicky (DipWSET)

Vicky (DipWSET)

Private Sales
Vicky joined the Handfords team back in 2011. Her most notable vinous achievement was completing the Medoc Marathon - with its 23 tasting stops it was a great way to combine exercise and education! She completed her WSET Diploma in 2010 and became a certified WSET educator in 2017. Vicky loves fine wines from around the world and she would love to help you create your perfect cellar.
Nial

Nial

Wine Advisor
Nial is an American that has a background in restaurant management and is finishing up his WSET Diploma. He joined the team in 2016 and has been running the wine club since 2018. His favourite wine is whatever is in his glass but is partial to reds from South Africa or Italy. Nial loves talking about wine, food, or just about anything else.
Vito

Vito

Wine Advisor
Vito caught the Wine Bug while out skiing in British Columbia. Naturally he loves alpine whites and has a particular fondness for anything Grenache. Vito has worked harvests at wineries in Canada and here in England at Nyetimber. He specialises in Italian wines and is starting his WSET Diploma in September 2022.
Harley

Harley

Delivery Manager
Harley has been our delivery manager for over a decade and is the man who will get your wines to you.