Fine Wine Team

Andrew Catt
Head of Fine Wine

After leaving school in 2006, Andrew went straight into the wine trade working for a Seckford Wines in his home town of Woodbridge, Suffolk. Starting in the warehouse and then customer reserves. After 4 years there he moved to London, working for Bibendum Wines for a brief year and then moving to the Trade sales team at Fine+Rare Wines for 5 years. He joined the trade team at Armit Wines in November 2016. A fan of all wines with a particular focus on Burgundy and Piedmont. 

Peter Valiunas
Head of High Net Worth Sales

Peter has been with Armit since 2014 and transitioned into the world of fine wine after a career in the City. He has had a fondness for all things vinous from an early age, with a predilection for the Old World and Burgundy in particular. He was lucky enough to explore many of Burgundy’s cellars while living in Geneva in the early ‘90s and is agnostic on geography and grape variety when it comes to tasting - as long as a wine is well made and interesting!

In his spare time Peter loves to read and appreciate his wife’s fine cuisine - perhaps a bit too much!

Daniele Valoti
Private Client Account Manager

Daniele started with Armit in March 2017 after 5 years working as a restaurant manager and wine buyer with Salt Yard Group. After a successful completion of an LL.B in Law and Economics in Milan, he moved to London to pursue a Masters Degree in Finance in 2011. During the first month of his stay, Daniele got involved in the restaurant scene and found that a passion for wine and conviviality within the sector was a call that he couldn’t deny. Luckily, it suits him better, and makes him happier than the contrived world of Law. He hasn’t looked back since, and has instead delved deeper into the idiosyncratic world of wine. Outside of this, Daniele has a passion for Jazz, Classical and Electronic music, and he spends most of his spare time elaborating new culinary ideas.

William Russell
Private Client Account Manager

Following a Master’s degree in Shakespeare at University College London, William started his career with rare books and manuscripts. Whilst working in Hamburg, he discovered the fine wines of Germany, which led to Piedmont, Tuscany and Champagne. With his new-found passion, William joined the wine department at Christie’s, first as an intern and then as a business intelligence analyst. William joins Armit Wines following a year’s sojourn back in Germany, selling fine wines in Berlin. Currently studying for his WSET Diploma, William also holds a full motorcycle license and enjoys spending as much time as possible in the north of Scotland.

Côme Savary de Beauregard
Procurement Coordinator

After graduating in Political Sciences and History in France, Côme moved to the Middle East in Jordan where he worked for the French Embassy. After a few years, he gave in to the lure of a career in wine and moved back to London to make his debut in the wine trade, joining Armit Wines as Buying Support. Now, joining the Fine Wine team, Côme has taken on a new role as Procurement Coordinator.

Alan Bettini
Reserves Coordinator

Growing up in Bologna, Italy, Alan has always been passionate about food and wine. After moving to London in 2012 his interest in wine began to blossom thanks to the exciting and buzzing wine scene. He embarked on his WSET studies and after working at Fortnum and Masons in the Wine and Spirits department and Majestic Wines, he found himself working at Armit Wines as part of the Customer Services and Sales Support team. Since passing his WSET Level 3, he is currently doing the WSET Diploma. In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife and his cat, cooking Italian recipes, listening to music and enjoys travelling abroad to discover different food and wine cultures.

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