“THE WINE COLLECTIVE IS JUST THAT - A COLLECTIVE. A MEETING POINT, A COLLABORATION, A NETWORK THAT GOES BEYOND A SHOP FRONT."
"LEVERAGE OUR EXPERTISE AND CAPABILITIES IN CURATION, EVENTS, MARKETING, CONTENT, BRAND ADVICE, AS WELL AS EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES"
With a winemaking heritage that stretches back ten generations, Red Hill Wine Collective founder Tom, was born with a wine philosophy in his blood on the vineyards of Victoria’s Pyrenees and Yarra Valley. Completing his first international vintage in Margaux, on Bordeaux’s left bank - a nod to his family’s heritage when 25 years earlier his grandfather, André Portet ran the esteemed Chateau Lafite-Rothschild as GM. He has also worked in the Rhone Valley, Champagne’s Marne Valley, Napa’s Stags Leap district as well as in Cognac for Hennessy.
Later, he was the European Winemaker & Ambassador for Penfolds, Beringer and Wynns. He holds degrees in Agricultural Science and Commerce and has an MBA from HEC Paris; and is certified by theWine & Sprit’s Education Trust (WSET) to teach their courses. In more recent years he has been immersed in sourcing and selling wines for Australia's largest retailer's Bordeaux, Burgundy and Barolo collections. He now calls the Peninsula home and launched the bottle shop and Wine Collective in 2017.
Raised as an expatriate throughout the Pacific, Middle East, Asia and the USA, it was picnics in Beaujolais and the northern Rhône when visiting family in France that set the foundations of Christophe’s wine journey. Sommelier, bartender, wine retail, cooperage, winery representation, buying roles, importer, exporter, marketer, as well as vintages and winemaking in Santa Barbara, California; Beaujolais and Chateauneuf du Pape, France; Hunter Valley, NSW; Harcourt, Victoria and the Adelaide Hills, South Australia - Christophe has lived and experienced almost all facets of the wine industry - each adding to his infectious enthusiasm for sharing his passion.
Now specialising in producing digital content through his company, The Grape Underground, Christophe has produced over 200 videos for the industry and has been an industry leader for copywriting, digital and social media content creation and innovation.