Tim Triptree MW
Became an MW 2018
Based in United Kingdom
Languages English, Spanish
Tim Triptree MW is the International Director of Wine & Spirits at Christie’s Auction House. Tim’s main role is in the planning, sale curating, and the execution of Christie’s wine & spirits auctions internationally. Based at Christie’s London, his role includes the sourcing of wine & spirits consignments, along with the inspection, the authentication and valuations. In addition Tim advises on collections, on developing client and wine producer relations, hosting wine events, master-classes and talks, and acting as a wine and spirits ambassador for Christie’s worldwide.
Tim joined Christie’s Wine & Spirits Department in 2005 having graduated with an MBA Distinction (Wine Business Management). He completed the WSET Diploma, gaining a Distinction in 2008, winning the Sherry Institute Scholarship and Constellation Scholarship. From Christie’s London, Tim was seconded to Christie’s Hong Kong for four years focusing efforts on raising the department’s profile in the Asia region as well as developing auctions both in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He became Head of Sale, Hong Kong before returning to London in 2017 where he became International Director in 2018. Tim sources business for Christie's auctions in London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beaune and New York.
Tim was awarded the Trinity Champagne Scholarship whilst on the MW study programme and he became a Master of Wine in 2018. At the MW awards ceremony, Tim received the prestigious Noval Award for the best MW Research Paper which examined trends in the use of reserve wines in Brut NV Champagne. Tim is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and a graduate of the 2019 Champagne Academy. He has a specific interest in the fine wine business and particularly Champagne, Rhône, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Piedmont, Tuscany, Port, Rioja and Jerez. Tim has been a judge at the International Wine & Spirit Competition since 2011, a Panel Judge at Decanter World Wine Awards since 2017 and at Bacchus Wine in Madrid since 2018. Tim also writes a wine column for The Rake.
Current employer: Christies
Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Communication
Industry sector(s): Project management, Events, Sales, Agency/Importer, Off trade, Buying, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge, Fine & Rare Wines Auctions
Wine styles: Fine and rare wines, Sparkling wine, Champagne, Fortified wines, Port, Sherry, Madeira, Still white, Still red, Still wines
Wine region expertise: Germany, Hungary Tokaj, Mendoza, Mosel, Portugal, France, Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Loire, Champagne, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Spain, Priorat, Jerez, Italy, Piedmont, Tuscany, California
Market expertise: Oceania, Europe, Asia, North America, United Kingdom, China, Germany, Scandinavia, South East Asia, India, South America, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Global Fine Wine and Spirits Auctions
Specialisms: Marketing wine, Investment strategies, Supplier/customer relationships, Routes to market, Direct to consumer, Events, Fine Wine Auction Business, Food and wine pairing, Wine auctions, Branding, Wine judging