Walter Speller started his career in wine as a wine buyer and sommelier in an Italian restaurant in the 1990s in Berlin. Before moving to London in 2003, he worked a vintage in Château Haut-Bages-Libéral in Pauillac. In London, Speller worked for Terence Conran’s Le Pont de la Tour, first as sommelier then as a buyer for its wine merchant, looking after its 1,400-bin list and organising more than 150 masterclasses with winemakers from all over the world. In 2008, he set up his own company, consulting producers from Italy. Based in London and Padua, in his free time he reports on all things Italian on www.jancisrobinson.com.