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Andrew Hawes

Managing Director

Mentzendorff & Co Ltd

London, UK

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Andrew Hawes is a highly respected figure in the wine & spirits industry, and Managing Director of Mentzendorff & Co Ltd.

Founded in 1858, Mentzendorff has been one of the UK’s leading wine importers for over 160 years. At the core of their portfolio of fine wines and spirits are the globally renowned brands Champagne Bollinger and port houses Taylor’s, Fonseca & Croft. Mentzendorff also represents a carefully chosen selection of independent, family-owned wine producers including Klein Constantia, Jean-Luc Colombo and Bodegas Hidalgo.

On joining Mentzendorff in 1996, Andrew was tasked with forming a national accounts team and his success saw him appointed to the board. Andrew was made Managing Director in 2004 and leads a passionate and dedicated team, making exceptional service a priority. Andrew is credited with helping Mentzendorff evolve and adapt to the modern market, whilst upholding the firm’s heritage and traditions.

Andrew previously worked at Champagne de Venoge where, as Managing Director, he was responsible for setting up their UK subsidiary. He started his career in wine as a graduate trainee at Matthew Clark, who at the time were agents for Taittinger Champagne and Graham’s Port.

Andrew is Chairman of the UK’s Champagne Agents Association and is part of the Société Jacques Bollinger management committee.

Andrew’s philanthropic activities include his work as a Trustee of The Drinks Trust, a charity that provides assistance to people working in the drinks industry. He is also Secretary of The Madame Bollinger Foundation, one of the main supporters of the Institute of Masters of Wine.

In 2020 Andrew was awarded Fundraiser of the Year by the Vintners’ livery company. A passionate cyclist, Andrew has organised and ridden in ten Mentzendorff Charity Rides, and helped raise significant funds for The Drinks Trust. He has also taken part in five Dallaglio Cycle Slams supporting the work of Dallaglio RugbyWorks charity.

Andrew Hawes’ Newsfeed

Peter McAtamney on just how good are UK wine distributors?

Andrew Hawes, managing director of Mentzendorff, has steered the business to be the number one UK wine distributor according to Wine Business Solutions’ analysis.

The Drinks Business
It’s official: the brits have drunk more champagne during the pandemic


Andrew Hawes, Managing Director of Mentzendorff & Co Ltd says, “We’ve got some fairly astonishing growth, and if you look at the figures, there is significant double digit growth for a number of brands, and it’s not been achieved by discounting and dropping prices; the price has gone up, the volume has gone up, and the value has gone up.”

Andrew Hawes’ Background

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Mentzendorff & Co Ltd
Managing Director
Apr 2004 - Present
London, UK
Mentzendorff & Co. Ltd is a leading wine & spirits shipping company that represents a global portfolio of premium wine, fortified wine, and spirits.
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Mentzendorff & Co Ltd
Sales and Marketing Director & Deputy Managing Director
1996 - 2004
London, UK
Upon starting at Mentzendorff, Andrew was tasked with creating a National Accounts team and was then appointed to the board as National Accounts Director. He went on to serve as Sales Director and subsequently was promoted to Marketing Director & Deputy MD before he took over as Managing Director.
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Advisory Roles

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Société Jacques Bollinger
Management Committee
Société Jacques Bollinger is a premium wine and spirits manufacturer and distributor comprising Champagnes Bollinger, Ayala, Chanson Père et Fils, Delamain and Langlois-Chateau.

Current Board Positions

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Champagne Agents Association
London, UK
Andrew serves as Chairman of the UK's Champagne Agents Association.


The Drinks Trust
Trustee & Fundraiser
The Drinks Trust (formerly known as The Benevolent) is a charity that provides financial and practical support to people who are working, or who have worked, in the drinks industry. Over the years Andrew has organised 10 charity bike rides through stunning but challenging winery locations and help to raise more than £135,000.
Dallaglio Cycle Slam
Supporter & Fundraiser
Andrew has taken part in all five of the Dallaglio Cycle Slams, a gruelling cycling event that supports the charity RugbyWorks, founded by former Rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio. The charity offers life-changing support to young people at risk.
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Awards & Endorsements

The Vintners' Drinks Trust Fundraiser of the Year Award
Jan 2020
London, UK
Andrew was presented with The Vintners' Drinks Trust Fundraiser of the Year Award for organising the annual Mentzendorff Charity Cycle ride that raises funds for The Drinks Trust charity (formerly known as The Benevolent).

Andrew Hawes’ Education

University of Warwick
Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Politics
1982 - 1985