Bartholomew Broadbent started both Broadbent and Broadbent Selections in 1996. Broadbent Selections is a national importer in the USA which represents over 30 wineries, including some of the worlds finest and most iconic. It was twice nominated Best Importer by Wine Enthusiast magazine, most recently at the 2020 Wine Star Awards. Broadbent Selections also owns the “Auctioneer” in Napa Valley and “The Curator” in South Africa.
Broadbent is the name of a wine production company, one of the Top 100 Wineries of 2020 by Wine & Spirits magazine, which produces Madeira, Port and Portuguese table, including the best selling Broadbent Vinho Verde and a wine made Austria. Wine & Spirits named Broadbent Single Cask Madeira one of the Top 100 Wines of 2020. In 1997, Decanter magazine named Bartholomew one of the “fifty most influential in the wine world…the faces to watch in the new millennium”, while in 2008 Wine & Spirits named him one of ten in the world to be “driving the most revolutionary changes in wine”. At that time Bartholomew was 50% partner in Dragon’s Hollow, a pioneering winery in China.
Bartholomew is known for having taught American about Port in the 1980s and re-launching Madeira in the States in 1989. He now has “expanded from his pivotal role in the breathtaking growth of Port and Madeira to exert a profound influence on the US wine market” says Decanter. His company, Broadbent Selections [www.broadbent.com] represents such famous brands as Chateau Musar, Tyrrell’s, Georges Vernay and Spy Valley and is generally recognized to import many of the greatest South African wines. His lecture circuit has found him the guest speaker on most major cruise lines including Crystal, Seven Seas Regent, Paul Gauguin, QE2, QM2 and he is currently the host of a TV series on Viking TV called Wine Wednesdays. Bartholomew lived in San Francisco from 1986 for 21 years, where he set up Premium Port Wines and he was the Wine Guy for KFOG radio. He is a regular Speaker at all the major wine festivals, and was the Reserve Tasting Director at the Food&Wine’s Classic in Aspen for 25 years. He is a Judge at many wine competitions in the USA and has been a judge at the Decanter Wine Awards in London. Prior to moving to the USA he was a Wine Consultant for Schenley Canada and set up a branch of L’Academie du Vin for Steven Spurrier in Toronto.
His wine life has included winemaking in China, Australia and England. He has worked for Hennessey in Cognac, Steven Spurrier in Paris, Harvey’s Fine Wine Merchants and Harrod’s Wine Department in London. He had a formal apprenticeship with his father, the late Michael Broadbent MW, world renowned wine author and founder of the Christie’s Wine Department. Bartholomew has a wicked dry sense of humor and enjoys telling stories about growing up in wine and being used as child labor to pack up great wine cellars in Europe for Christie’s auctions. He now lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and two children.