Born to a father in the wine trade, Leonora was introduced to the drinks industry at an early age and spent many a half term wondering around the vineyards of the Mosel Valley. She then carried on the family tradition moving into the world of drinks PR before joining The Whisky Exchange at the beginning of 2017 to immerse herself in the world of spirits.
Olivia’s background is in wine. After completing a degree in Communication Studies, she moved to Sonoma, California to completely immerse herself in the world of wine. Here she studied to become a Certified Sommelier and worked at winery events, both in the tasting room and in production.
Appetite whetted, Olivia then worked winemaking vintages in Oregon, California, Australia and New Zealand, where she also wrote for online database Wine-Searcher. The website does much more than wine, and writing content led to researching distilleries, which piqued her interest in the spirits industry. When the opportunity arose to work at The Whisky Exchange, Olivia decided it was time to expand her drinks knowledge and swap wine for whisky and fine spirits.
After finishing university Emma quickly moved into working in events. She has spent the last 15 years organising everything from corporate events to high-end weddings and, more recently, large drinks shows like The Whisky Show and Rum Fest. She has been part of the The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show team since its first year and has been key in growing it into the biggest and best drinks event in the UK.