Patrick Wilkinson was educated at Christ’s Hospital and Bristol University. After graduating with a BSc Hons in Zoology, he joined the wine trade in 1983 and worked for a fine wine company where he soon gained the position of Managing Director, remaining with that company for 10 years before, in 1992, leaving to start Wilkinson Vintners. Today, Patrick is the Managing Director and major Shareholder of Wilkinson Vintners which has organically grown into one of Britain’s top Fine wine merchants with a first class reputation throughout the world.
Patrick has over 30 years experience within the Fine Wine trade and has extensive knowledge of fine wines, particularly Bordeaux and Vintage Ports.
Outside of wine, Patrick is very interested in contemporary architecture and was involved in the design of the Company’s freehold modern office building just off Baker Street in Central London. Patrick collects contemporary art and the Company holds a significant Corporate Art Collection including important works by major artists including Philip Guston, Chris Ofili, Gilbert and George, Neo Rauch, Matthias Weischer, George Shaw, Sarah Lucas, Thomas Scheibitz and many others. The Company lends works to Museums throughout the world. Patrick also enjoys , fishing, fast cars and Croquet.
Fiona Wilkinson was born in Cirencester and educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. In 1992, she left a career in nursing to set up Wilkinson Vintners with Patrick. She is a shareholder and director and is responsible for all aspects of company finance. Outside of work, Fiona organises a busy household, enjoys gardening, searching for collectibles at auctions, loves animals, cooking and the odd glass of wine.
Paul Bowker was introduced to the world of Fine Wine when he worked (aged 18) for Steven Spurrier at his famous Caves de la Madelaine wine shop in Paris. During this time, he had the extraordinary good fortune to work with Michael Broadbent, legendary head of Christie’s Wine Department, checking and packing cellars of old and rare wines.
Following completion of a BA Hons. degree in Economics and Philosophy, Paul joined Michael Broadbent at Christie’s in 1984, rising to become a Director of the Company in 1992 and Head of the Wine Department in 1994. He was the principal auctioneer for Christie’s wine sales in London, Amsterdam, Geneva, and Tokyo. Whilst at Christie’s, he organised and conducted the first auction ever held of En Primeur wines - in 1996, for the 1995 vintage. Additionally, the following year, he negotiated, planned and conducted what was, at that time, the largest ever single-owner wine auction, the property of a private collector whose wines were valued at £3.5m and sold for in excess of £7m.
Paul resigned from Christie’s in late 1997, and joined Wilkinson Vintners as a Director and Shareholder in early 1998. Outside of work, Paul’s passions are collecting classic and contemporary photographs, skiing, cycling and running. In 2013, he successfully competed in the Marathon des Sables, a 250km race in the Sahara Desert (maximum temperature +54c), and in 2017 also ran the Ice Ultra, a similar distance race in the Arctic Circle in temperatures as low as -27c.
Oliver joined Wilkinson Vintners in 1996 and this year celebrated 20 years with the Company in which time, as part of a small and dynamic team, he has helped steer the Company from strength to strength.
An ardent Francophile and fluent French speaker, Oliver spent a year working in Burgundy as part of his Nottingham University Degree (studying French and History BA Jt Hons) and has an excellent knowledge of the area as well as a love for the wines. He is also an expert on the wines of Bordeaux. Oliver has a unique position in Wilkinson Vintners, involved primarily in both purchasing and sales, he also oversees Logistics and stock control. A keen cyclist, cricket lover and infrequent paraglider, Oliver has a passion for travel and the outdoors. He lives in Hampshire with his wife Charlotte and Two Children.
Pauls career is wine started in London at Berkmann Wine Cellars some 15 years ago. Since then, Paul has amassed a wealth of knowledge in logistics and the trade, moving into fine wines 5 years ago. Paul understands the fast changing environment of the modern fine wine trade and, as part of a small team, is exposed to all aspects of the business, helping Wilkinson Vintners stay nimble and dynamic.