USA – Importer Meetings

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The Attraction for Quality Focused Importers

The World’s Leading Wines 2019 event series was attended by over 120 established Importers/Distributors in USA. The appeal to head wine buyers invited includes:

A clear business focus: All participating producers are newly available for Importers / Distributors portfolios.

All participating producers are either critically acclaimed or have won accolades in major international competitions, providing a basic, but effective quality filter for attending buyers.

Details of the producers and wines provided to buyers prior to the event.

The events are held in or near to the cities the majority of quality Importers/Distributors are based in and held over an afternoon and an evening minimizing the head wine buyers’ time away from their core focus of selling wine.

Our events are intimate, private, invite only business events, attended exclusively by senior trade buyers. The resulting, unhurried, professional tasting environment, with time for full discussions with producers, appeals to buyers and producers alike.

Importer/Distributor Qualification & Confirmation Process

The World’s Leading Wines Importer/Distributor Sourcing Events are focused B2B events attended exclusively by established Importers/Distributors from the cities the events are held in and surrounding states.

To ensure attendees are only head wine buyers, actively sourcing wines for their portfolios and interested in the quality wines on show, our professional team personally invites each head wine buyer, by phone, enabling us to discuss the wines on show.

The Importer/Distributor companies we invite are selected for their relevance to the participating producers, the quality of wines in their portfolios and the strength of their distribution & sales channels.

To ensure that you are meeting with Importers/Distributors relevant to your requirements, production volumes and pricing, each event is attended by a mix of:

  • Major National Importers with distribution in the majority of States
  • Specialist national Importers with smaller, quality focused portfolios of wine and comprehensive distribution relationships throughout USA
  • Multi-State/Regional Importers with established distribution in 3 to 6 States
  • Smaller, quality focused, specialist importers with strong relationships with the high end on-trade and quality off-trade in the City/State the events are held in
  • Established, quality focused distributors/wholesalers with strong sales channels into the on-trade and off-trade

We conduct our own market research and cross reference our information with active members of the wine trade in each region we work in. This ensures our information is as accurate and as up to date as possible regarding the Importers/Distributors and individuals we invite to each event.

Research and invites are conducted by experienced wine trade professionals from our offices in London and Chicago.

Providing You With Access to All Attending Buyers

Through Favourable Buyer/Producer Ratios & Event Format

The size of our events is influenced by our belief in the value of providing you and your wine with maximum exposure to active head wine buyers and minimising competition for each buyers’ time and attention.

As we only invite from the pool of established Importers/Distributors (rather than general traders) and we only confirm head wine buyers interested in the wines on show, each event is attended by:

  • 30-40 established Importer/Distributor companies (depending on the city)
  • 30-35 quality wine producers, from a range of 8-12 different countries

In addition, to minimise competition, we confirm a maximum of 4 wine producers from any one region.

The schedule for each event ensures that there is plenty of time for all of the attending head wine buyers to try your wines and for you to have full discussions and follow on conversations with interested Importers/Distributors:

1.30-2.30 Market Briefing for producers, led by a local wine trade expert

2.30-6.30 Walk around, head wine buyer trade tasting

6.30-7.00 Networking time with interested Importers/Distributors

7.00-9.30 Seated dinner hosting interested Importers/Distributors and reshowing wines

A Selection of Importers/Distributors We Invite:


Allied Importers (USA) President
Baron Francois COO/General Manager
Bayfield Importing Joint Founder
Citadel Trading Corp. Founder/Owner
David Bowler Wine President
Domaine Select Wine Merchants Co-Founder and Joint Owner
Douglas Polaner Selections Co-Founder and Joint Owner
Dozortsev & Sons Enterprises President
Faropian Wine Chief Executive
Jack Poust & Company President
Kobrand Owner
Liberty Wine Selections Chief Executive
Mad Rose Group General Manager
Maisons Marques & Domaines Owner and Founder
Martin Scott Wines President
Medco Atlantic Owner, Chief Executive
MHW Owner and Founder
Michael Lerner Selections Executive Vice President
Oak Beverages Chief Executive & President
Opici Wines Co Chief Executive
Organic Vintages Proprietor
Shack Selections Owner
Sherbrooke Cellars Director
SMD Selections Owner
SolStars Wines Founder
Sparrows Fine Wines Founder and Owner
T Edward Wines Owner
Testa Wines of the World Owner
USA Wine Imports Owner and President
Verity Wine Partners Founding Partner
Vidalco President
Vision Wine Brands Partner
VOS Selections Owner
Willette Wines Owner
Affinity Wine Imports Owner
Bon Vivant Distributing Owner
Boswell Distributing Co President
Candid Wines Partner
Cream Wine Company Partner
Enye Distribution Group Founder & CEO
Fine Vines Owner
Fresh Coast Distributors Co-Owner
H2 Vino Owner
Heritage Wine Cellars Owner
Koerner Distributor President & CEO
Last Call Imports Owner
Lion Distributors Owner
Lionstone International Co-Owner
Litusco President
Louis Glunz Wines Founder
Maverick Wine Company Founder
Merritt Distributors Owner
Metro Premium Wines President
Mueller Distributing Co President
National Wine and Spirits President
Novovino Wine Company President
NWS General Manager, Wine Division
Pure Wine Company President
Stoller Wholesale Wine & Spirits Founder
Tenzing Wine & Spirits Co. Managing Director
Terlato Wines Chief Executive
The Chicago Wine Company President
Vanguard Distributors Partner and President
Vin DiVino Owner & Master Sommelier
Winebow President
Winesellers Partner
Wirtz Beverage Group President
World Wine & Spirits Owner
World Wide Wines Managing Director
Aabalat Fine & Rare Wines Owner
Adventures in Wine President
Benchmark Wine Group Owner and President
Cannon Wines President & Director
Casa Vinedo Owner
Chateau Leonard Imports Owner
Ciatti Co. Founder
Epic Wines Owner and Founder
Estate Wines President
Folio Fine Wine Partners Founder
Frank-Lin Beverage Group President & CEO
Golden West International President
Grapes & Barrels President
Halby Marketing Owner, Founder
Hiram Simon Owner
MatadorVino Proprietor
New World Wine Imports Owner
North Berkeley Imports Owner
Premier Cru President
Quintessential President
Ribevi Wines International President
Springboard Wine Co. Owner and Founder
Stefanelli Distributing Co-Founder
TasteVino Selections Owner
Terranova Fine Wines President
The Henry Wine Group President
The Sorting Table President
The Wine Spectrum Managing Director
Vintage Point Partner
Vintage Wine Marketing Owner, VP
Vinum Distribution Owner
Wine Warehouse Founder


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To register or for further information please contact:

Paul Catchpole

Director, World’s Leading Wines
Commerce Interact Ltd.
T: +44 20 3930 8672