Martyn Zemavicius – Managing Director
Martyn has over 18 years’ experience in the premium drinks industry. 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!
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.
Dana Kinduryte – Sales coordinator
Dana is the definition of a sweet tooth with her favorite wine of 2008 Selection de Grains Nobles Pinot Gris from Domaine Zind-Humbrecht. Working in the customer service field for three years Dana is now able to turn any sour remark into a pleasant conversation. Dana 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 interest in criminal law. Nothing gets past her eyes and no problem is left unsolved !
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.
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 back in London helping 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.