We are a UK based independent specialist importer of Argentine, Chilean and Uruguayan wines established in 2011 by Lee Evans and his wife Maria, a native of Argentina. We are very knowledgeable and passionate about the South American wine category and have over 100 wines representing the key regions, varieties and price points. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service and offering wines with an excellent price-quality relationship
This was recognised at the Harpers Awards where we were finalists in the category of ‘Best New/Emerging Drinks Business’ and we are proud to be 11th in the ‘Wine Merchant Mag’ league table of ‘Suppliers you most enjoy working with’.
We deal directly with our producers and every wine has been carefully selected through regular visits to the wineries and a rigorous blind tasting process to ensure we meet the high expectations of the UK market. Once the wines arrive in the UK they are stored in our bonded warehouse and delivered throughout the UK in a fast and efficient manner by wine logistics specialists. We want the wine delivered to you to be in perfect condition, a wine that represents exactly what the winemaker intended.
As well as a wide and diverse UK held stock of wines, we also have considerable experience working with customers on own/exclusive label projects and can supply direct from the countries of origin on a FOB, FCA or Ex-cellar basis.
LEE EVANS: Co-founder & Managing Director
Lee grew-up immersed in a family business and always wanted to start his own. During the latter stages of his 25-year career in the hospitality and drinks industry he travelled often to Argentina with Maria and they began to realise there was enormous potential for the wines in the UK.
“Argentina has a passion for food and wine, so often we found ourselves eating copious amounts of beef and drinking some very good wines. We noticed that many of these wines were not represented in the UK and that there was an increasing level of interest in wines from across the South American region. This insight coupled with our experience within the industry was the catalyst to creating ‘Condor Wines’”
Lee’s focus is Purchasing, Sales and Marketing.
MARIA EVANS: Co-founder & Director
Maria was born and spent her formative years in Buenos Aires and like most people in Argentina (it’s the 7th largest wine market in the World) she has grown up enjoying the wines. In 1997 Maria came to the UK and worked within the hotel and tourism industry, later she worked for leading pub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers.
Maria’s focus is Finance and Purchasing.
GRAEME OLIVER: Regional Manager
Graeme has been working in the wine industry since 1990, starting with ‘Oddbins’ as a Sales Assistant and then working for ‘C&O Wines’ and ‘Vinceremos Organic’. In 2002 he joined ‘Matthew Clark’ where he pursued his passion for wine within roles such as ‘Premium Wine Agencies Business Manager’ and ‘Wine Development Specialist Manager’. His latest role was with ‘Armit’ where, since 2013, he had responsibility for the North.
As well as commercial experience Graeme has always sought to expand his understanding of wine, he has a WSET Diploma, has completed the first year of the Master of Wine study programme and is also an ‘International Wine Challenge’ (IWC) judge.
Graeme’s focus is Sales, Trade Events & Quality Assurance.