The people of Hallgarten! Whilst everybody is currently working from home, we took this as an opportunity to help you get to know the team better. Today we have spoken to Tim Gray, Account Manager in the Hallgarten London team.
How long have you worked for Hallgarten and what do you do at the company?
Three years in April. I handle new business in East and North London across the on-trade, indie off-trade and crossover sectors, whilst managing a handful of central London on-trade accounts.
What first got you into wine?
A few things… my grandad used to send my Dad Laithwaites mixed cases which my Dad used to pack me off to Uni with; so a classic evening meal would be a tin of cold baked beans washed down by a nice Cru Bourgeois. Secondly, I did my dissertation on the French wine industry, for a Business & Finance degree, somehow managing to shoehorn in some relevance to my actual degree. And lastly I worked for a brewery during my placement year from Uni and fell in love with the booze industry and the people within it!
Tell us about your hobbies…
I played a lot of rugby as a kid and young adult, so still try to play touch rugby weekly; I spent a few years heading out to Dubai each December to play for an invitational team in the Dubai 7s. I love going skiing, though I’m currently rehabbing a ruptured ACL. Otherwise I like reading pretty bad fiction novels and spending time outdoors.
An interesting fact about yourself?
I spent a year in the Philippines working for a Marine Salvage Operator and Ship Agency.