Peter Nixson joined British Airways as an airline steward in 1973 – having never drunk a glass of wine in his life. Through his job he was able to visit places such as California, South Africa and Australia just at the time that their wine industries were starting to establish themselves. His interest in wine grew and in 1982 he started formal studies, through the WSET, which culminated in him receiving a Diploma with Honours in 1986. In 1987, he joined the newly created wine department at BA and in 1989, took over the running of the department. For the next 20 years, he was responsible for the selection of all BA’s wines – over 450,000 cases a year – including the Concorde Cellar. Nixson left BA in 2009 and now works for Vinum, a specialist importer of Italian wines.