Stephen Williams, CEO
Stephen Williams, CEO and Managing Director, The Antique Wine Group
Stephen Williams is CEO and Managing Director of The Antique Wine Group, a globally renowned fine wine company that he founded in 1982 and which now has over 45,000 clients in more than 100 countries.
has become one of the worldâ€™s leading experts on fine and rare wine and he
has created some of the greatest wine cellars in the world - in châteaux, palaces, wineries, hotels and private residences across Europe, Asia and North America.
is known for buying and selling some of the worldâ€™s finest wine collections. (Read more >)
Currently, Stephen Williams
is the leading fine wine merchant actively championing wine authentication via his
sponsorship of the CEBG Bordeaux Centre for Nuclear Studies
The Centre conducts research into fine wine provenance via ground-breaking methods that verify the age of both glass bottles and the wine contained within.
also enjoys sharing his
immense knowledge of the fine wine business which has led him to become a popular commentator on the industry.
Frequently quoted by the global press, he
also presents an entertaining series of wine programmes on Monacoâ€™s Riviera Radio, as well as a yearly series on the ins-and-outs of the Bordeaux En Primeur process.
Stephenâ€™s popular blog also gives readers a rare insiderâ€™s view into the fine wine business and the personalities behind it.
Born and raised in Derbyshire, England, Stephen started his fine wine business in the north of England in 1982, originally basing himself at Thorpe Hall in Staffordshire, before moving the company to London.
Prior to his work in wine, he began his career with Barclays Bank, followed by two years in the insurance industry where his interest in fine wine developed as he entertained clients.
Shortly thereafter, he
spotted a gap in the market, selling very fine wines to individuals.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Once named the â€œSherlock Holmes of Fine Wine,â€ Stephen
is known for travelling the world to track down the rarest and most sought-after vintages.
Along with his
wife and two children, Stephen
time between homes in London and the South of France.
can often be found flying them around Europe in his
Cessna light aircraft, as aviation is his
other great passion in life.