Back in September 1999, Decorum Vintners started to trade. Rupert Monier-Williams and Mark Roberts liked the thought of some independence, and over the past sixteen years, the company has managed to grow successfully, despite the various financial curve-balls that the world economy has occasionally thrown our way. Throughout, we have done our best to stay true to our roots, with a dedication to wines from small, grower-driven estates.
Rupert spent the late ‘80s and early ‘90s working for Lawlers, where he established Henriot champagne in many of London's top hotels and restaurants, before becoming UK Brand Manager for the South African wines of the Simonsig Estate. Meanwhile, Mark had three years in the London office of John Harvey and Sons, after which he joined Laytons Wine Merchants.
In 1996, the two began working for Charles Taylor Wines, a company where top domaine-bottled Burgundy ruled the roost, closely trailed by some wonderful estates in the Rhône valley. Decorum started life based on these two solid foundations, with some prestigious Italian names added to the mix. And it is these elements that remain the core of the business today.
Ed Stafford-Deitsch joined us in May 2015 to look after private clients, and as Head of Trading. Ed's vinous direction was determined a decade ago with a glass of La Mission Haut-Brion 1988. His wine trade career began in 2005 at Huntsworth Wines, followed by a solid five years at Justerini & Brooks, honing his tasting skills and a passion for fine French, Spanish and Italian wines. Here at Decorum Vintners, he will be able to focus on exactly that.
Sarah assists with much of our marketing and e-mail campaigns, thereby also bringing us some savvy internet skills. We were also fortunate enough to lure Rebecca away from the delights of Herefordshire to join the team in January 2014, as our Administrator & Logistics Co-ordinator.