IG Wines is a fine wine merchant and investment advisory company that provides wine investors and collectors with complete confidence in their fine wine transactions and portfolio management decisions.We specialise in the finest wines that constitute the backbone of investment, collecting and drinking, focusing on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy and other leading areas from the rest of the world.
Our expert advisors provide tailored advice to help you make the right decision, whether you are seeking to maximise a wine’s drinking horizon, or make a return on your investment. We offer complete and personalised investment analysis of your wine portfolio, with a focus on identifying buying and selling opportunities, market timing and continuous management to help you build your perfect cellar. To give clients further confidence, we provide access to our innovative tools that help you analyse the market and monitor your own investment.
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Paul has a first class degree in philosophy and the Wine Spirit Education Trust Diploma. He is the co-founder IG Wines, President and Founder of the wine charity, 2 Water. He has worked in the fine wine industry since 2008. Paul has entrepreneurial interest, as well as a consultancy role in several other companies and several Enterprise Investment Schemes. Paul is a regular guest speaker and presenter at several business schools and writes the City Am wine club column. He loves aged claret, white Burgundy, Napa reds and is currently focusing on Tuscany, which he believes to be the most exciting wine region in the world at present.
Jonathan Hirsch is co-Founder of IG Wines. After stints in the medical technology sector and trading equities, he followed his passion and generations of his family into the wine business. He comes from a long line of wine merchants including his Great-Great Uncle who was chairman of Pimms and his Grandfather who was at one stage the largest buyer of chateau bottled claret in the UK. Jon is a trustee of the charity, 2 Water and is involved with and consults on a selection of entrepreneurial businesses as well as presenting on entrepreneurship at Imperial Business School. Jon is often considered spoilt having grown up on the finest wines the old world has to offer but he enjoys a wide selection travelling often to Napa, Bordeaux and Tuscany.
Jonny began his interest in wine at an early age when he was recognised as the son with the nose and palate for wine. This was not his only talent, he was also destined to be the finest bassoonist of a generation, thus choosing to study music at university. Upon leaving he pursued a career in wine, joining Majestic wine and moving through their ranks, where he took his Advanced level WSET exam. Seeking a fine wine role, he joined IG Wines and has since risen to run our sales team. Jonny enjoys an eclectic mix of regions; Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany & Napa to name just a few. He’s also very partial to a drop of Scotch.
Coming from a Chinese background that has a strong tradition of sharing food and drink it only seemed natural to work in the wine trade. In 2010, after attending a charity wine event hosted by Paul Hammond, one of the founding fore-fathers of IG Wines, Liz was so inspired she took the plunge and quit her job as a project manager in Housing to start a new career in wine. Her first job in wine was with Jeroboams as events Coordinator, she then went on join The Sampler and was quickly promoted to assistant manager. She now spends her days as Director of Operations at IG Wines. She’s unbiased and loves all wine though does have a penchant for Sherry and old world classics such as claret and piedmont, she even enjoys the odd glass of natural wine (dare anyone admit such a thing!). She has completed her WSET Diploma, to her relief.
With 65 years’ experience and as a leading name in the London wine trade Mr Brown’s accolades speak for themselves. His career began in 1944 in a London Gin Distillery, quickly becoming a Director of Atkinson Baldwin and Co Ltd. Here he was commissioned by the owners Drambuie to purchase the oldest registered firm in Bordeaux from its owner, Chateau Cantemerle. It soon became the first serious importer of Domaine bottled Burgundies as well as the biggest single buyer of first growth clarets, Chateau d’Yquem and vintage ports. Under this guise he launched bottled Macallan Malt Whisky and The Harvey Walbanger into the UK market.
In 1982 he left the group and purchased Hayman Brothers a very respected Burgundy and German wine specialist. Adding Bordeaux wines and fine spirits to their portfolio they shortly became the largest supplier of wines and spirits to British Airways. Mr Brown also had a keen interest in the London restaurant scene owning shares of Le Gavroche and La Tante Claire amongst others as well as assuming a directorship of Motcombs Restaurant and Bow Wine Vaults. Mr Brown was appointed as the Chairman of the Wine Trade Benevolent Society and President of the Guild of Sommeliers. He now resides as an examiner for the board of Master Sommeliers.
It was at University whilst studying Economics that Daniel developed an interest in alternative investment opportunities. He was particularly interested in the unique properties of fine wine as a commodity. Keen to learn more about the fine wine market, he joined IG Wines after graduation for a 3-month internship. After that period, he stayed on at the company as a Sales Operations Analyst working on the quantitative side of the business and supporting the Sales and Operations departments of IG Wines. He also has an intermediate WSET qualification and when not at work enjoys the stress that comes from supporting Newcastle and a drop of Whisky.
After Maddy finished her degree in Mathematics she started her career working on the warehousing side of fine wines at London City Bond. Having liaised with the IG Wines team regularly, looking for a challenge and wanting to expand her knowledge of the trade, she decided to head up to the city and join the team. Although most of her time is spent under water playing hockey she enjoys a glass of wine on her rest days and the odd cocktail at the weekend.
Before joining IG wines, Daren enjoyed a successful 20 year career as an equity trader at a leading City investment bank. Whilst working there, he completed his WSET Advanced certificate. Holidays invariably involve trips to winelands and vineyards; Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence, Tuscany, Franschhoek and Margaret River to name a few. He invests in wine, fills his home with countless oenological items and has even helped out at a couple of harvests. He is now delighted to be able to pair his experience in trading with his passion for wine. Alongside his obsession (as his wife would call it!) for wine, especially Burgundy, he is an avid follower of all sports.
Dan first became interested in wine when also developing his love for food and cooking. He has a strong background in foreign exchange brokering and consultancy in which he developed his account management skills from there moved into IG Wines as a Private Client Account Manager looking after clients private wine and investment needs. Outside of work Dan is a rated tennis player playing at a high club level and enjoys drinking a nice bottle of red with friends.
Yoan’s passion for wine started when he was very young in his family’s cellar and with the simple fact that he is French, its predestined. It was only after moving to the UK and completing an International Management MSc that he decided the wine industry was going to be the best fit to foster both his passion and his professional goals. With experience in business development and marketing in a Bordeaux estate, Yoan decided to undergo a specialised Wine and Spirit Management MSc in Bordeaux and the WSET advanced level to expand his knowledge in this flourishing industry. He dreams of Northern Rhone Hermitage and Cote Rotie.
Having grown up around wine with a father in the trade Gemma knew from early on this was what she wanted to do. Having set up a wine society at university and subsequently spending two years working for a medium sized importer in the North she left England for warmer climes for 2 years of winery work, making wine in order to get a deeper, more practical understanding of the process where she was lucky enough to learn under top winemakers such as Patrick Léon. Since returning, she has joined IG Wines looking to expand her knowledge of the fine wine sector and is undertaking her Advanced WSET. When push comes to shove she most enjoys aged left bank claret with a perfect roast or white burgundy from the source where she spends a lot of her holiday. She speaks French and is a keen traveller.
Matthew first gained a love and appreciation for wine during his family holidays to Tuscany. He spent many summers visiting wineries and helping his father select wines to bring home with them. In time, after stints in teaching and personal training, Matthew would join Majestic Wine where his tastes and knowledge grew. While there he gained a love of white Burgundy and Claret as well as achieving his WSET advanced certification. Working as a Store Manager taught Matthew many things about the wine trade and inspired him to move to IG Wines to experience the fine wine market. When he can, Matthew likes to spend his weekends at Castles, taking part in re-enactments of medieval sieges and combat tournaments.
Eugenie was born in Bordeaux and raised with the French traditions of good food and wine. Since leaving France, London has been her home for the past three years. Indulging the passion for wine she developed in her childhood, Eugenie acted as President of The Wine Association during her studies at school in Bordeaux, tasked with organising wine tastings in Saint Emilion, working closely with winemakers and wineries along the way.
After graduating with a degree in Wine Business, Eugenie found herself working in a wine shop, trying to decide the career path she wanted to embark on. It didn’t take long for her to realise the world of fine wine was the best choice for her. After a stint at another London wine merchant, Eugenie now works in Private Client Sales at IG Wines. She has an eclectic taste in wines, but if forced to choose, her favourites would have to be the powerful reds of California, the great red blends from Tuscany and White Burgundy.
Marine’s roots are from the south of France, she was born in Valence in the Rhône Valley. She loves Saint Joseph and is always up for a glass of fine wine. She grew up between the lavender fields and the fruit trees before moving to Marseille where she studied Entrepreneurship and Logistics at Business School. She first worked in the wine industry whilst undertaking her bachelors degree, selling packaging for a winery. She moved to London three years ago to improve her English and work with top wine merchants. Marine loves life, art, exploring and has a passion for food.