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. A passionate, dedicated and service focused Wine Consultant and Connoisseur with extensive expertise globally.
Demonstrating the strategic vision, financial acumen and commercial expertise combined with the technical aptitude, palate and flexibility to understand and exceed any client’s requirements; this articulate and energetic entrepreneur delivers new opportunities and a bespoke service to significantly increase client portfolio values.
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 a wine merchant business introducing Portuguese wines to on/off trade and private clients in UK.
After 18 years leaving in London, Claudio spent also sometime in Zurich and Moscow developing projects in those exciting markets of Switzerland & Russia bringing wines from the most unknown regions from across the globe.