Justin Howard-Sneyd, Global Wine Consultant for Laithwaite’s Wine


Justin has worked in the wine business since 1991 when he worked as a helper on the International Wine Challenge. This was intended to be a holiday job, but the wine bug had taken hold, and ever since he has worked in a number of different capacities all around the wine business. The first five years were spent working in a shop, running wine education courses, and working 6 vintages in South Africa, Hungary, Romania and France, before settling down in England to become a buyer for Safeway.

Justin passed the MW in 1999, winning the Tim Derrouet Award as the outstanding student from his year, and moved to Sainsbury's in 2000, where he spent 5 years as a buyer. In 2005 he moved to Waitrose, where he headed up the wine team for 5 years.

In February 2010 Justin moved to Laithwaite’s to take up the position of Global Wine Director - leading the team of wine buyers, setting the strategy for the wines that the Laithwaite’s winemakers create (in Bordeaux, McLaren Vale, and England), as well as looking after PR, and wine education. In common with the whole team at Laithwaites, Justin likes to get his hands dirty, and is regularly seen in the Theale vineyard, or at Le Chai au Quai in Bordeaux.

In January of this year, Justin started his own business, The Hive Wine Consulting, (with Laithwaite’s as a major client), and now has more time available to devote to his personal winemaking project – Domaine of the Bee, a mighty blend of Grenache and Carignan grown on a few hectares of land in the Roussillon.

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