Richard Avery – Wine


Son of the noted Bristol wine merchant John Avery, Richard Avery represents the fifth generation of a family business founded in 1793. Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, Richard completed a Wine Tasting diploma at the University of Bordeaux in 1995. While in France, he helped to set up and manage Cousin et Cie, a Denmark-based wine company that challenged even the more established Bordeaux specialists. To this day, one of his proudest achievements is having sold Burgundy and Australian Shiraz to the Bordelais.

Richard’s French excursions allowed him to further his family’s relations with the region that began in the 1920’s with his grandfather Ronald, and have since been a solid connection of the Bristol business. On his return to the UK, Richard joined the tasting panel for Decanter magazine, as a consultant. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Vintners.

Richard has also found the time to pursue a successful acting career, training at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, performing in leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as on the West End stage using the name Alex Avery. He has featured in a number of films alongside acting legends such as Michael Caine, Emma Thompson, Johnny Depp and Dustin Hoffman.