Waddesdon Wine Ltd
Established for over 15 years, Waddesdon Wine was founded to jointly represent the three wine producing branches of the Rothschild family within the UK. We have now grown to represent a number of other prestigious family owned estates around the world. All our partner wineries share a vision of producing the very best wines, while remaining family run and true to their heritage and traditions.
With the backdrop of a 19th Century Château in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Waddesdon Wine couples the rich culture of our wineries with a diverse
and long-established knowledge of the UK wine market offering unparalleled expertise and support to its on and off trade customers.
Who we work with
Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite
At the heart of the Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite Group lies the illustrious Château Lafite Rothschild, purchased by James de Rothschild in 1868. Lafite has cultivated a tradition of winegrowing practices and expertise over six generations, referred to as the ‘Lafite Spirit’. This expertise and attention to detail has continued to guide the production of high quality wines with finesse and elegance across the Group’s properties for the past century and a half.
It is this pioneering ‘Lafite Spirit’, based on a rich past and tradition rooted in the soils of Bordeaux, that has led the Group to open up to the world, establishing vineyards in new regions and producing new, high quality wines.
Beyond the Bordeaux properties of Château Duhart-Milon, Château Rieussec and Château L’Evangile, the Group today also counts the prestigious wineries of Viña Los Vascos (Chile, 1988), Domaine d’Aussières (Corbières, 1999), Bodegas Caro (Argentina, 1999) and a new vineyard in China, Domaine de Long Dai, among its collection.
Edmond de Rothschild
James de Rothschild’s great-grandson, Edmond de Rothschild, began a new chapter in the family winegrowing adventure in 1973 by acquiring two Crus Bourgeois estates in the Listrac and Moulis-en-Médoc appellations of Bordeaux: Château Clarke and Château Malmaison.
Thus the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild was born. In 1997, Benjamin & Ariane de Rothschild gave a dramatic boost to the Compagnie Vinicole by exploring new terroirs around the globe.
Determined to apply traditional French expertise while maintaining local winegrowing practices, they created joint-ventures with families that possessed the same entrepreneurial spirit and love of wine first in South Africa, then in Argentina and finally New-Zealand.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild
When Baron Nathaniel acquired Château Mouton Rothschild at auction in 1853, little did he know that he held in his hands the keys to the start of one of the world’s most respected Bordeaux wine brands.
Founded 80 years later in 1933, the Baron Philippe de Rothschild Group today manages an exquisite roster of estates and branded wines that expand far beyond its Bordeaux heart, maintaining the same dedication to excellence that has characterised the family’s winemaking style for generations.
It is a unique blend of respect for traditional know-how and adaptability that have ensured the continued quality and prestige of the Group’s wines. To this day it remains an entirely family affair, run by three siblings Camille Sereys de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, with a selling rate of 22 million bottles per year and ownership of 600 hectares of vines in France and abroad.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild
Driven for over two centuries by passion for business and the understanding that in unity there is strength, three branches of the Rothschild family came together in 2007, uniting the arrows on their family coat of arms to create Barons de Rothschild Champagne.
Just as in their famous Bordeaux wines, where the proximity of skilled wine experts and the best terroirs have been central to family values for over 160 years, the Rothschilds have succeeded once again in expressing their family values of excellence, taste and conviviality, but this time with sparkle and savour, in their rare and outstanding range of Grand Crus and Premier Crus Champagnes.
Since 1844, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of wine making with a history and heritage that profoundly reflects Australia’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era. Penfolds collection of benchmark wines were established in a spirit of innovation and the constant and endless pursuit of quality, evidenced from the secret bottling of Grange in 1951 and the unbroken line of vintages of what is now Australia’s most iconic wine.
Today, the collection continues to display the distinctive and consistently recognisable Penfolds ‘House Style’: the ultimate expression of their time-honoured tradition of sourcing the best fruit from the best regions. Historic blends, significant milestones and heritage vineyards have been honoured by a lineage of custodians whose courage and imagination, precision and humility have ensured Penfolds remains true to its original values while remaining relevant for current and future generations.
Hundred Acre is the ultra-premium cult Napa Cabernet project of Jayson Woodbridge, owner, vintner and visionary. His motto is concise, “stand amongst the very best or not at all”. And that he has achieved without apology. After selling his house, business and just about everything else, he bought his first vineyard in Napa Valley in 1998 and never looked back.
Exacting and unrelenting in his passions, for Woodbridge there is no halfway. And it is only once you truly grasp that concept that you begin to understand how Hundred Acre has become one of the world’s top wineries. The awarding of 22 perfect 100 scores to Hundred Acre wines by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate since 2002 speaks for itself. As Lisa Perrotti-Brown states, Hundred Acre is “far from a vanity wine project, it’s a life’s work”.
The vines at Château d’Anglès enjoy a unique combination of natural elements; basked in sunshine for 300 days a year, refreshed by the Mediterranean breeze, deeply rooted in the hostile rocky, limestone soils and enveloped in the surrounding aromatic vegetation known as ‘garrigue’. This exceptional terroir expresses its very best under the watchful eye of Eric Fabre, whose talent and experience permeate each stage of the winemaking process, from hand-picking and careful selection, to patient nursing in French oak barrels and painstaking blending.
The resulting wines are a perfect harmony of mature and fresh, generous and precise, powerful and structured… testament to the reputation of Château d’Anglès’, which is lauded by the international press, experts and wine lovers across the globe.
For 700 years, the Frescobaldi family has combined tradition, experience and innovation with creativity and the pursuit of excellence.
Committed to maintaining their reputation as the reference producer for Tuscan fine wines, Frescobaldi continues to cultivate the best of Tuscan diversity, both through fostering sustainable cultivation of the land to produce fine wines that fully illustrate the diversity of their family estates, and by communicating and promoting the culture of Tuscany and its different territories through their Estates and wines.
Meet the team
Chris Campbell, CEO
Having worked with the Rothschild portfolio of wines for over 20 years, Chris has a wealth of experience within Waddesdon Wine’s expanding categories. Specialising in Central London, 5 Star Deluxe and Grand Vin sales, Chris leads the Waddesdon Wine Team.
Helen Miller, National Sales Director
Helen is our national off-trade specialist, with 15 years’ experience working with luxury and premium national accounts. She works closely with Waddesdon Wine’s carefully selected grocery, merchant, and specialist retail channels. Helen also oversees our on-trade team and Waddesdon Wine’s supplier relationships, managing the distribution and UK allocations from Bordeaux, Tuscany, Napa, Australia, and South America.
Georgie Wetton, National Account Manager, On-Trade & Specialist Retail
Georgie joined us with a wealth of experience in the on-trade, coming from an operational and buying background. She previously worked with Longshot Country Inns and Corney & Barrow Bars. Georgie looks after Waddesdon Wine’s South East & Central London accounts and our luxury and premium specialist retail nationally.
Lauren Boyes, National Account Manager, On-Trade and Regional
Lauren manages our key national on-trade clients as well as regional merchants. Originally raised in California, she brings with her great in-depth knowledge of our wines from all three branches of the Rothschild wine group, as well as detailed knowledge of Hundred Acre and Luce.
Sarah Harrison, National Account Manager
Having spent 15 years at Mitchells & Butlers, Sarah brings an immeasurable amount of knowledge and experience of the on trade to the team. She will be looking after Waddesdon Wine’s National On Trade Accounts.