Martyn Zemavicius – Managing Director
Martyn has over 18 years’ experience in the fine wine world. He can truly say he has approached the wine business from all angles, except perhaps as a vigneron — but there’s still time! His journey started as a sommelier at London’s landmark OXO Tower restaurant. He then moved into fine-wine buying and sales to trade and private customers, holding positions at several leading wine merchants. During his career Martyn has built relationships with clients, producers and prestige venues around the world. He completed his WSET Diploma in 2010, and passed the prestigious Champagne Academy course with a Merit in 2017.
Jack Chapman – Head of Sales
Following study at Leeds University, Jack cut his teeth as many do in the wine trade by working his way through the Majestic graduate scheme. He joins us now having just done a stint running a major wine auction department and website. His heart lies firmly with Left Bank claret, but he also loves experimental field blends from the USA. When not indulging in the grape, Jack likes to revert to the grain, turning his hand to both brewing and distilling, as well as running his small vineyard on the Berkshire Downs. What little time he has left is filled with playing rugby, lacrosse and going pheasant shooting!
Claudio Deidda – eCommerce and Marketing Director
Claudio joined the team in January 2018 as eCommerce and Marketing Director. He was born in Turin, just a stone’s throw away from the glorious wine regions of Barolo and Barbaresco: after spending over 10 years mastering his eCommerce skills across different industries, to embrace the wine business was a coming home moment for him. Claudio’s role in the team is to make sure web users can enjoy an accessible, valuable and first-class wine experience tailored around their knowledge, taste or - why not - simply their mood of the moment. He also enjoys entertaining the office with his cheery banter in a reasonably thick Italian accent.
Rostislav Petrov – Buyer & Sales
Rostislav joined Clos & Cru in May 2015, having been part of fine wine industry for over 13 years. From the shop floor of Harrods wine and spirits department to working with some of the best wine merchants and brokers in UK, Rostislav has gained great understanding of the industry, which he is now shoring up by studying for his WSET Diploma. Rostislav enjoys wines from Piedmont, Champagne and Burgundy, and travels to the great wine-producing regions as often as he can. Outside of work his favourite pastime is cooking, and game is his favorite raw material for inspiration.
Charlotte Pemberton – Sales Manager
Charlie joined us in May 2014 and timed her arrival perfectly to coincide with our annual trip to Champagne. She subsequently pledged her allegiance to the appellation, and has since found it hard to drink anything but! She has over 6 years of wine industry experience, and has worked her way through several roles and companies - from a funky Biodynamic wholesaler to a wine investment business before finally bringing her hard earned knowledge to the position of sales at Clos & Cru. When not indulging in Champagne, Charlie also enjoys red wines from Piedmont and looks forward to beginning her WSET Diploma in due course.
Tom Hawkins – International Trade Sales Manager
Tom has been in the wine industry for 8 years. From his early days starting on the shop floor, he has since gained broad experience working for UK merchants and French negociants, developing relationships with both private and trade clients worldwide. Outside of the office, Tom can usually be found sniffing out a bargain, Old World or New, and he is interested in the ever-growing market for English sparkling wines. He spends his weekends with his young family, cooking up a storm in the kitchen and passionately following his consistently inconsistent football team.
Dana Kinduryte – Sales coordinator
Dana has the archetypal sweet tooth, and her favorite wine is the 2008 Selection de Grains Nobles Pinot Gris from Domaine Zind-Humbrecht. Working in the customer service field for three years, Dana can turn any sour remark into a pleasant conversation. She has been communicating with clients from Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden, which makes her familiar with many different cultures and all kinds of jokes. Her wit, rational thinking, and fast reaction came from Law studies and an interest in criminal law. Nothing gets past her eyes and no problem is left unsolved!
Margaret Elderfield – Marketing Communications Manager
Margaret’s first taste of wine could hardly have been more idyllic - a sip of pinot noir, at the tender age of 15, in the cellar of a vigneron in Pernand-Vergelesses. Perhaps it was inevitable that years later, she would leave her investment banking job in the City for a career in food and wine. She trained at Leith’s cooking school (where she won the Wine Student of the Year award), before working as a chef at the award-winning Arancia in Bermondsey. When life took her overseas to Bermuda and then to Dublin, she hung up her apron, completed her WSET diploma, and began selling wine and hosting customer tastings in the independent retail sector. She is now delighted to be working on Communications for the Clos & Cru team. Her desert island wine? A mature Chassagne-Montrachet from Benjamin Leroux.
Hans Wu – Digital Marketing Manager
With his previous experience in luxury fashion and the digital marketing sector, Hans has been able to bring a fresh approach to Clos & Cru. Hans has always been a big fan of champagne and counts the likes of Ruinart among his favourites. He recently found a new favourite, having tasted a 1996 Paul Clouet Grand Cru from the Bonnaire family’s private cellar. He is now singing the praises of this grower champagne house and is eager to spread the gospel of Clouet. Hans spends his free time travelling to new places and perfecting his wine tasting and coffee making skills. He is also a keen surfer and runner.
Benedict F Norton – Fine Wine Content Manager
Benedict has over 10 years of Hospitality experience. He has worked in a wide variety of outlets, from cocktail bars and student nightclubs to fine dining restaurants, where his passion for fine wine was honed as a sommelier. It’s fate that Benedict ended up in wine, being born in the excellent vintage of 1990 in Germany’s largest wine producing region, the Pfalz, and drinking Riesling instead of milk in his baby bottle. Outside of work, Benedict enjoys pumping iron like Arnold Schwarzenegger, travelling vineyards to taste more wine, and exploring London’s best restaurants. His guilty pleasure? Playing video games while drinking vintage wine out of a tea cup.
Linda Uhtegi – Purchasing Manager
Born in the superb Champagne vintage of 1990, for the past five years Linda has been working for some big UK wine companies. Getting involved in a wide range of projects has given her an insight into how different aspects of the wine trade work, and also created a strong curiosity and love for the product. She is currently pursuing her level 3 WSET qualification, and her soft spots are red Burgundies and Barolos.
Valentin Hospie – Logistics Manager
Of course, being French and working for a fine wine company… cliché! But how can you not love wine when you grew up in France? As Val grew up, he travelled with friends and family to famous French wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, learning how to taste and how the different varietals reveal their fragrance, tastes and subtleties. And he’s learning even more now that most of his colleagues are fine wine experts! Professionally, he is passionate about what he does. He brings to the company plenty of expertise in Supply Chain and Logistics, which he gained over six years working for retail giants. His goal is to deliver the wines and champagnes that our customers want, wherever they want, and in the most convenient way. Santé!