About Halo Wines

Tim French and Violaine Manac’h have both worked in the wine trade for over twenty five years in a variety of roles. Halo Wines is an exciting new project to enable us to champion our own edit of unique, engaging producers and their special wines.

Tim French

Tim had the great fortune to start his wine career at Lea & Sandeman where he gained his early experiences under the expert tutelage of Patrick and Charles. He then spent thirteen years at Fortnum and Mason’s, initially as the Wine Buyer, where he developed the own label range and launched the new wine department. He then became the Buying Director and really enjoyed the expanded responsibility for tea, chocolates, hampers and more.

More recently he was Managing Director at Thorman Hunt where he relished working with a very experienced team and an excellent list.


Violaine Manac’h

Violaine grew up in France and settled in London in 1996, with a Master’s degree in hand and the firm intention of pursuing a career in translation. Her plan however was slightly disrupted by the opportunity to join the office team of a specialist wine importer. She enjoyed being involved in all aspects of the day to day running of the business and hardly ever looked back.

A fascinating three year stay in Beijing allowed her to briefly return to translation, but she missed the UK wine trade and was extremely relieved to come back to it. Her secret work recipe: a weird passion for improving processes and solving issues, mixed with coffee and Champagne.