Meet the team: Hugo
Here’s Hugo – fresh from another grape harvest in the Rhone Valley with nearly 20 years of experience in wine production at Domaine de Mourchon. A previous supplier to Le Verre Gourmand, Hugo is joining us to help the team through these hectic weeks before the winter season really gets under way. He’ll be wiggling his wine glass and pulling corks from Chambery to Chamonix and St Jean d’Aulps to Les Deux Alpes. So let’s meet the man…
So, what’s the story Hugo?
I started my working life as a photographer/cameraman crafting images for video productions in the world of rock and pop in the 90’s, until the call of the grapevine stopped me in my tracks. It became a wonderful life producing wine and I jumped at the opportunity to move my family from South London to the Southern Rhône Valley. As I learnt the ropes, I became passionate about working with wine. I did everything from farming the vines and making the wines and then travelling through Europe to present and sell them… Needless to say it’s been a great journey so far!
How do you know LVG?
I met LVG founding father, Sam Owens thanks to a mutual friend during the early days of the company. Sam agreed to take on our wines and we have all stayed in touch and crossed paths at various wine events in Europe. I have enjoyed our ‘wine-ing’ together ever since and jumped at the chance to come and spend a little time in the Alps to muck in with good cause and great company.
What will you be doing during your time in the Alps?
I’m here to taste and talk as well as to revisit some old friends. I really enjoy spreading the gospel of wine, passing on my enthusiasm for viticulture and viniculture and at the same time helping dispell the ‘bull’ and placing the right wines in the right places with the right people and the right food… whats not to love with all that.
What would be your desert island wine?
A big, fat Rhône with well integrated layers of fruit, spice, pepper and tones of wild herby garrigue.