Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW

Date an MW: 1999
Based in: UK
Profession: Retail, Wine Buyer

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Biography

Justin started his own consultancy business (www.thehivewine.com) in 2012 and advises a wide range of wine businesses around the world, helping them to maximise their potential. Justin's major client is Laithwaite's Wine (aka Direct Wines), the world's largest and most successful Direct-to-consumer wine business, where he spent 3 years as the Global Wine Director. Prior to joining Laithwaite's, Justin spent 14 years as a wine buyer in the UK off-trade, including stints at supermarket chains Safeway and Sainsbury's. This culminated in almost 5 years in charge of the wine department at Waitrose, the UK's most successful premium supermarket where he led the team that garnered, and continues to garner, so many awards. In his early life, he worked in wine shops, ran a wine school, worked as a cellar-hand and assistant winemaker in 4 different countries. Since 2007, Justin has produced his own wine (www.domaineofthebee.com) from 4 hectares of vines in the Roussillon region of the South of France, near the village of Maury.