Our Team


Francesco Marchio

Managing Director 

Originally from Italy, Francesco was a Sommelier and manager in the wine shop of a top luxury hotel. In 2009 he moved to the UK for a Sommelier role at one of the most prestigious restaurants in the country, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons (Two Michelin Stars), before becoming Sales Manager at WineTraders, the specialist Italian importer based in Oxfordshire. In 2012, he relocated to Hong Kong to join VinoVeritas. He currently is studying for the WSET Diploma.   

Sarah Dawson

Business Development Manager

 Hong Kong and UK 

Over twenty-five Years in retail of diverse luxury Products, and more than 20 years of business ownership, Sarah believes in building loyal and longstanding relationships with customers by providing outstanding personal service. Sarah's passion for wine grew from rearing Rare Breed Cattle for beef. In 2006 she worked in partnership with Berry Brothers and Rudd for six years, studying for her WSET diploma in 2014 and learning the art of food and wine pairing.  After working for Bombay Sapphire and Wine Utopia in Stockbridge Sarah joined the team at Vinoveritas in November 2018.

Carrie Lee

Business Development Manager

Carrie grew a passion for Italy from a young child with an interest in soccer.  In the past 17 years this has grown into a career in Italian Wine.  She joined the wine industry in 2001 after graduating from The University of Hong Kong.   She studied wine at Sopexa and WSET and has worked for Sinolink and the Gin Gallery Ltd.  Many trips to Italy have given her extensive knowledge on the unusual grape varieties of Italy which she aims to share with Vinoveritas customers!

Michael Palij MW

Buyer

Michael Palij is the world’s leading specialist in Italian fine wines. His first position in the wine business was with UK retailer Oddbins in 1989 and in 1995 at the age of 29 was admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine. In 1997 he established Winetraders, an agency specializing in Italian wines.

In 1999 Michael founded his own wine school, Winematters, fully accredited with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), which runs courses through VinoVeritas Asia in Hong Kong.  Michael is the joint founder of VinoVeritas with Chairman Howard. 

Bruce Huen

Operations Manager

Bruce has more than 7 years of operational experience in financial services and luxury sectors. Bruce handles day to day operations in addition to constantly implementing new process to streamline the business, and ensuring our customers receive their wines without delay.

Howard Hyman

Chairman

Howard’s vision became reality with the establishment of Vino Veritas and he provides strategic direction to the business, guidance to the Board ensure the company remains focused on achieving its aim of being the top Italian fine wine supplier in Asia.

Formerly Howard was Deputy Chairman of Charterhouse Bank and spent twenty-two years with Price Waterhouse, where he was founder and Senior Partner of their global Corporate Finance business. He speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese and has many years experience doing business in the region.

Sam Hyman

Managing Director

Sam is a founding Board Member of the company and holds. A Level 3 (advanced) WSET qualification.

He is a chartered surveyor and proprietor of Hyman Estates, which advises a number of Hong Kong clients on property acquisitions in the UK, as well as managing a portfolio of UK properties. 

Jon

Finance Director

Jon is a chartered accountant specializing in financial reporting and corporate finance. He works both the UK and China and assists with the ongoing expansion of the business. Jon is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has years of experience in the region. 

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