Our Story

Buckingham Schenk is one of the UK’s best wine importers, working with every part of the UK market, from the major supermarkets and national chains, to on-trade wholesalers, restaurant groups and independent retailers.

What we do

We love finding new and exciting wines, and helping them find a way to consumers. We’re renowned for our sourcing ability from around the world, and we’re leaders in wines from Italy, Argentina and Spain, whether branded, exclusive or premium own-label.

As part of the Schenk Group, one of Europe’s largest family-owned wine companies, we have a close relationship with producers across Europe, putting us truly ‘closer to the source’. This ensures we can offer our customers great prices, fantastic quality, and unrivalled flexibility and responsiveness to market demands and trends.

We have an exciting and growing stable of brands, including Viñalba, Menestrello, Bacio della Luna, Masso Antico, Amicone and te Pa Family Vineyards, and a burgeoning on-trade division with an exciting and exclusive portfolio of over 200 wines from our global partners.

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On-trade

Our on-trade division is growing rapidly, thanks to our exciting portfolio of over 200 wines.
Additionally, we’re pleased to offer:

  • Account Management
  • Award-Winning Range
  • Flexible Delivery Solutions
  • Expert Advice
  • Training and Tastings
  • Bespoke and Own-Label Wines

Meet the team

With a wealth of experience right across the drinks trade, our dynamic management team ensure Buckingham Schenk offers fantastic wines and exceptional service. We’re really excited to continue to grow our offering and develop great relationships with customers and suppliers.

Sales

We’ve got one of the UK’s most vibrant and efficient sales teams, each of them dealing with millions of bottles of wine every year. We’re all about building lasting relationships – after all, the wine trade is a close-knit family!

Marketing

Our marketing team are here to make sure your wines look great, get the right exposure, and stand out from the crowd.

Behind-the-scenes Magic

Our crack-squad of office staff are at the heart of the business, and it simply wouldn’t run without them. We like to think it’s testimony to the atmosphere in the office that everybody has been here for so long; we’re like one big happy family - albeit a slightly weird one!

CRAIG DURHAM

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Our indomitable Managing Director has been with Buckingham Schenk since the hazy days of 2003 and certainly aged accordingly. Previously his career included working at Matthew Clark, Constellation Wines and Kraft Foods. He has an unhealthy respect for Monty Python and loves walking both in challenging charity events but also thanks to his unique zig-zag style of playing Golf.

ANDY RAWLINSON
SALES DIRECTOR

Andy joined the Buckingham management team in August 2016 from Enotria&Coe where he was off-trade Director of Sales. Andy has spent time at Buckingham Schenk before when he was part of the sales team, but he has returned as our glorious Sales Director, ready to lead his team to victory. Partial to a spot of cycling, Andy devotes most of his spare time to his family and most weekends he can be found on the sidelines (whatever the weather) watching his boys play rugby and football.

DAVID TROMANS
MARKETING DIRECTOR

David joined the team in January 2015. Hailing from France via Birmingham (don’t ask…), David has worked in the wine trade for the past 19 years for companies such as Enotria, WSTA, Berry Bros. & Rudd and Cellier des Dauphins. As Marketing Director, David is part of our management team and looks after our marketing department which involves press relations, events, new product development, branding, product launches and going out of for long lunches. When he’s not cutting up wine labels and sticking them on bottles, David devotes his spare time to an unhealthy collection of guitars, supporting Aston Villa (very poorly…) and spending time with his family in Surrey.

ALISON WRAY
NATIONAL OFF TRADE MANAGER

Alison is a talented woman: not only is she our in-house photographer, she is also Buckingham Schenk’s answer to Mary Berry and her cupcakes would win any bake off! When she’s not donning her apron or out and about with her trusted camera you will usually find her soaking up the sights, sounds and “retail experiences” the capital has to offer. Alison has over 15 years’ off trade sales experience working in the drinks industry.

JOHN RUCK-KEENE
OFF-TRADE ACCOUNT MANAGER

John’s love for wine started way back where he has fond memories of his grandfather pouring Alsace Gewurztraminer and opening a bottle of his prized possession of Vintage port. A career in wine was always destined and he spent 9 years at Majestic working in retail and their commercial team before moving to Enotria and then to Liberty as a National Account Manager. Working for two Italian wine specialists he found a new love for Italian wines, and a move to Buckingham Schenk was the perfect match. In his spare time, John has a mad passion for ultra-running; sometimes notching up 70miles in one go across the English countryside . After a long run he finds a glass of Chianti Classico and a Schwarzenegger movie is the perfect recovery.

EMMA CROWTHER
NATIONAL ON-TRADE MANAGER

Emma is the one to speak you about all things On-Trade. She has worked in the wine trade since she left University – where besides studying for her degree in English Lit and Italian, could also be found discovering the beauty of alcohol outside study hours! She began at Majestic and has come a long way since the “Maj” van driving days. She brings with her a wealth of experience for the On-Trade having worked in all areas of the country, including London, from wholesalers to fine-dining restaurants as well as National On-Trade groups. She has a love of all things gastronomical, a strong weakness for crisps and cheese (not together, although this can actually work) and will never say no to a nice meal and a bottle of wine. Her trusty sausage dog Dotty can also sometimes be found by her side whizzing round the country with her!

CHRIS MORRIS
ON-TRADE SALES EXECUTIVE - SOUTH

Chris is part of our thriving on-trade division. His taste for fine wines comes drinking mature vintages of Rioja out of his father's cellar. University was split between a degree in Biology and wine appreciation, so naturally Chris joined Majestic after graduating. During his 9 years at Majestic Chris completed his WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits and taught level 3 to new starters. A jump to Matthew Clark gave Chris a solid background in on-trade account management and cocktail-making skills. When Chris isn’t adding to his growing wine collection he enjoys tennis, fair weather golf and has a love of history and French language.

TIM CALCROFT
REGIONAL SALES MANAGER - NORTH

Tim started his career in the wine trade with Concha y Toro 10 years ago and went on to work in Regional Sales with John E Fells, before managing their regional sales team. He is part of the On-Trade sales team and focusses on working with regional wholesalers and independents in the Midlands, Northern England and Scotland. Outside of work, Tim enjoys watching and playing sports, cooking and drinking wine.

CHLOE CHESTERMAN
SOCIAL MEDIA & EVENTS MANAGER

Chloe is our social media champion and is part of the Marketing dream team. Having worked in an agency background working for the likes of Diageo, specialising in their Spirit category as well as Beer empire ABInbev, keeping her fingers on the social media pulse comes as second nature. From engaging with fellow wineries to promoting events through online advertising, Chloe brings a rounded knowledge of social media marketing to the team! Chloe grew up in France so she’s no stranger to a decent glass of Bordeaux. In her spare time she enjoys listening to Rock music and going to gigs as well as walking her dogs.

GIACOMO PALA
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

Giacomo recently joined the Marketing team, with the responsibility to define and implement digital activities across the brands, improve online presence and establish digital transformation plans. Sardinian by birth, he has lived in many cities such as Milan, Istanbul, Barcelona, Dublin and London. Previously he worked for Moet Hennessy and the Abbey Road Studios. He likes travelling - pandemics permitting, playing piano, eating any type of food, and most importantly spending family time with his wife and little kid.

ROB BRIEN
TECHNICAL MANAGER

Rob (not Robert) is part of our technical dream team. Rob has worked in various quality and technical roles from a diverse range of sectors ranging from beers, wines and spirits to growing herbs and cabbage for retailers. All this has led to Rob becoming our procedure and policy guru. When Rob is not putting together a specification or working on closing an audit, he can be found in the tasting room or somewhere in Europe helping blending wine or having fun with auditors.

WILLIAM LAY
TECHNICAL MANAGER

Will is the other half of our inimitable technical team. With a career in wine started in 2011 in Majestic fresh out of Uni, Will knows a thing or three about wine. He has held a variety of technical and new product development roles in the wine industry including Bibendum, Winery Exchange and most recently Buckingham Schenk. Will is one of our four WSET Diploma graduates in the business, and he is currently studying for the prestigious Masters of Wine (he’s not just a pretty face!). Outside of work, Will is our resident Liverpool fan, enjoys playing Masterchef in the kitchen and loud guitar in the basement and can be found exploring local pubs pouring local ales in Reading in his spare time.

RENU ATWAL
FINANCE & ADMIN MANAGER

The voice of calm in our usually frenetic office, Renu always has a kind word and a twinkle in her eye when everyone else has gone crazy. Unless, that is, you want to spend some company money, in which case her role as Guardian of the Purse Strings leaps to the fore and her calm exterior cedes control to the highly-trained martial-artist which lurks inside her. Renu is a fantastic cook and if we’ve handed in our expenses on time she treats us to some of her homemade gastronomic delights. Renu looks after our accounts and financial reporting and deals with both accounts payable and accounts receivable.

DANIELLE SCHAAF
OPERATIONS & LOGISTICS MANAGER

Having worked in the fashion industry for most of her career Danielle made the decision to join Buckingham Schenk to pursue a career working with her other passion - wine. Danielle's background in critical path management makes her super efficient and a formidable organiser. In her spare time Danielle enjoys dining out with her family and friends and spending time with her energetic little boy.