Clemency Yates MW

Clemency Yates MW

Date an MW: 2011
Based in: UK

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Biography

My career in the wine industry really began when I used my chemistry degree to study Oenology as a post graduate at Roseworthy University in Australia. It was there that I developed a real passion for the process of creating and developing wines. I passed the Master of Wine in 2011. I am currently the Sourcing and Supply Director at Off-Piste Wines. OPW is a small, highly skilled team that sell to the Off-trade. Our main customers are the UK retailers, however we are now focusing on some export markets. I try to use my knowledge and experience to protect quality from the process of picking the grapes right through to when a customer opens a bottle. I am also a Panel Chair judge at the International Wine Challenge competition and sit on several wine trade committees. Prior to joining Off-Piste I was responsible for all the own label Beers, Wines and Spirits at Sainsbury's. During my time there I developed the “House” range of wines and re-established the Taste the difference level from around the world. I have also worked for Tesco in-house. I started winemaking as a flying winemaker covering vintages in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres including Australia, California, Chile, France and Italy.