Our Team

HONG KONG RETAIL

Victor Rabot
Retail  Manager
victor.rabot@sothebys.com
A French citizen who grew up in Agen (in southwest France), Victor has lived in Hong Kong since 2011, when he began working for Jebsen Fine Wines in their private/corporate division. He joined Sotheby’s in July 2016. Victor’s passion for wine started in 2005 after visiting domaines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, meeting the people and learning the story behind their wine. “It was something very special,” Victor says. “Since that time, my passion has never stopped.” After high school, he spent two years studying winemaking and viticulture in Saint-Emilion. Victor has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Wine Marketing and Management from Bordeaux International Wine Institute (part of INSEEC Group). His studies allowed him to work in various wine regions of France, from Bordeaux (at Chateau Pape-Clement) to Bandol.
“What is enjoyable with wine is that it brings people together, but it’s also about discovery because each wine is different,” he says. “When I am not working with wine, I read about it to learn more.” Victor is always open to new producers and regions, but his favourite is the Rhone Valley. He also enjoys film photography, watching movies, trying new restaurants, going to the beach and surfing.

Vivian Liang
Retail  Sales Manager
vivian.liang@sothebys.com
A Hotel Management graduate, Vivian fell in love with wine during her grand tour of Australia and her passion quickly evolved into a career. She worked for some of Hong Kong’s most established wine merchants before joining Sotheby's. Vivian acquired her WSET Level 4 Diploma in 2015 and is delighted to share her knowledge of fine wine to help clients build a cellar or select a perfect bottle for dinner. She also is adept at organizing special events. Though keen on finding emerging producers and regions, Vivian often finds herself drinking classic Burgundy, vintage Champagne, bone-dry Riesling and the wonderful wines from Brunello di Montalcino.
“Wine is more than a delicious beverage,” she says. “I am always fascinated by the history of the estate, the people behind it and the great landscape of the vineyard. Wine is enjoyable because of its impeccable taste that changes with grape varieties, growing area, winemaking methods and ages. Wine is the most versatile alcohol beverage in the world.”

In her spare time, she practices yoga and is an amateur photographer. If you don't find her on the mat or in the street capturing Hong Kong's evolving scenes and its people, she will be hiking the city's many great trails.

HONG KONG AUCTION

Michelle Chan

Paul Wong

Kent Law

 

ASIA
Adam Bilbey
Head of Sotheby's Wine, Asia
Adam.Bilbey@sothebys.com

Adam joined Sotheby's in the summer of 2015 after more than a decade with England's oldest Wine Merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd. After catching the wine bug working at his local wine shop whilst studying, he decided a career in wine was for him. Soon after, he started working at Berry's.

In 2003, Adam began a two-year, hands-on stint under the tutelage of the late Dr. Bailey Carrodus of Yering Vineyard in Australia's Yarra Valley, learning the vine-growing and winemaking process. After crashing one too many tractors, Adam moved back to the U.K., but soon found himself as Sales Director for BBR in Hong Kong, where he has lived for the last eight years.

Adam's wine preferences change month by month and he is willing to explore any new region and style, though his wine fridge at home will consistently be stocked with red Burgundy, particularly those from Chambolle-Musigny. With the humid weather in Hong  Kong, German Riesling is a mainstay, though fino sherry also has its place. “Every wine from every vintage has a story to tell of what happened in a certain region in a certain season. This is wat makes wine such a wonderful and pure example of our relationship with mother earth. Wine undoubtedly evokes passion and conversation and I find that collectors and wine lovers tend to be incredibly passionate, generous and great conversationalists!”

Outside of work, Adam is a keen sportsman. “Although I am getting old and the body is creaking, I still love to play football every week,” he says. “Hong Kong also has some of the greatest hiking  in the world and there is nothing better than getting out on a trail the morning after a wine dinner. My better half is an incredible cook and spending a Saturday night at home cooking together is one of life’s great pleasures.”

WORLDWIDE

Jamie Ritchie
Worldwide Head
jamie.ritchie@sothebys.com

Jamie’s claret obsession has kept him at Sotheby’s since first joining in London in 1990 (that’s 50% of his life!). “I still remember the chateau name and vintage of some wines that my father served the family when I was a teenager, so there was obviously an early interest. At 18, I was buying wines that I liked by the case,” Jamie says.

“Long ago, I calculated that if I lived until I was 70 and drank a bottle of wine every day, I would have 20,000 great experiences. I was pretty sure I would drink those 20,000 bottles, so I decided that I had better learn something about it. There are two ways to enjoy wine: work in the business or earn enough money to buy it. I chose the former.”

Jamie launched the first Sotheby's wine auction in New York in 1994, and loved the U.S. so much that he made it his permanent home. Today he is Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine, leading both the retail and auction business. The best place to find him is on a plane, traveling the world for Sotheby’s Wine. He regularly attends tastings and client dinners, visits wineries and conducts auctions for countless benefits. Jamie earned the WSET Diploma in 1988.

In his spare time, Jamie stays in shape by playing tennis, golf and hiking, likes to spend time with his family and travel with them.

 

Serena Sutcliffe, MW
Honorary Chairman

Serena is the Honorary Chairman of Sotheby's Wine, having previously been Worldwide Head for twenty-five years, from 1990 to 2015. She is a Master of Wine, passing the exam at her first attempt, and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on wine.  A former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Serena was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 1988.  She was elected to the Académie Internationale du Vin in 1993 and, in 2002, she received the New York Institute of Technology’s Professional Excellence Award.  In 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Bacchus America. Also in 2006, Serena was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for her seminal work in promoting and selling French wines.  She is the first person in the British Wine Trade to receive this honour. 

Serena is an internationally recognised wine writer and renowned taster, and writes regularly for many international publications.  She is a regular lecturer and broadcaster in Europe, the United States and Asia.