About Rhône Value Wines
Rhône Value Wines is a long-held dream. The choice of the Rhône Valley is not a coincidence. It is a region that offers a surprising level of diversity in terms of wines of both reliable and affordable quality. And it is an area that is still undervalued because world attention tends to focus on Bordeaux and Burgundy. I hope to change this by using my enthusiasm for these wines, and my knowledge of the region.
My love of wine began when I worked in a restaurant as a student. I gradually built up a good working knowledge of wine through various professional courses (Wijncertificaat, Vinologenopleiding, OINOS). From organizing wine tastings and wine courses, I went on to import wines myself. Over a period of ten years, my wine hobby evolved into a part-time one-person business. Still felt that I wanted to do more. Finally, in 2008, I decided to give up the security of a well paid job in asset management so that I could focus on becoming a specialized wine importer. A sabbatical in 2009 allowed me to explore in the Rhône Valley off the beaten racks and to build up a solid wine portfolio.
Rhône Value Wines, launched October 2009, has turned out to be a fantastic adventure. Its joys include the challenge of entrepreneurship, the discovery of interesting wine domains, inspiring contacts with winemakers, the permanent learning curve, and of course, all of those fantastic wine-drinking experiences.
Marga van Winsen
Vinologist Wine Academy