Since becoming one of the wine industry’s youngest CEOs at the age of 40, Patrick O’Connor has kept the online marketplace Fine + Rare, which allows users to buy, sell and store bottles seamlessly, on the cutting edge.
Smith & Taylor was the first Central London specialist in private wine storage and management, providing expert service and an eye for detail and care. Its Chelsea Bridge cellars are fitted with ultra-modern air-conditioning turbines and humidifiers.
Alexander Hall graduated from Oxford in law and worked in banking until a sabbatical on his stepfather’s vineyards prompted him to move to Bordeaux. He set up Vineyard Intelligence to offer on- and off-market property search in France, as well as audit, evaluation and negotiation services and post-acquisition advice.
London-based Isabelle de La Bruyère heads the client advisory wing of Christie’s, where she works to form and sell collections, many of which include works that fetch world record prices at auction.
Johnny Messum is the founder of an experimental art space housed in a 13th-century barn that celebrates the creative narrative across genres from ceramics to the spoken word. He has also assisted with the running of the Messums Gallery on Cork Street, one of Mayfair’s finest in the 55 years since it was established.