Altus Wines is dedicated to the elevation of wine offerings in Western Canada. Altus strives to do so via both the private and government-owned retail channels, and at distinguished dining hotspots throughout the market. The company’s home office is in Vancouver, BC.
“Altus” has three meanings in Latin: High, Noble, Deep/Profound
These adjectives capture the essence of our company perfectly.
Altus as it relates to our wines:
1) High: While some but not all of our wines are from “high-up” vineyards—whether in absolute altitude terms or perched high on a slope, and therefore being only relatively high-up — we want them all to bring the same experience to the drinker as wines from high-up often bring: i.e., a certain structure, “freshness” and vivacity, as well as purity of fruit.
2) Noble: Wines with noble origins, not only in terms of grape varieties (vitis vinifera), but also noble in the sense of being as respectful to humans’ and grapes’ common environment as possible. These wines, happily, not only leave a positive imprint on our planet, but on the drinker too!
3) Deep/profound: Vines with deeper roots are likely to benefit from more regular water supply, which not only improves a wine’s balance and adds to its complexity, but also ensures better “performance” and steadiness in the wine’s quality from vintage to vintage. Wine-producing vines on slopes or in higher altitudes often lack sufficient nutrients in the top level of the soil, which results in the roots growing down to a greater depth. Older vines also tend to have deeper roots. Therefore, we strive to carry wines that are either from older vines or wines grown on slopes at higher altitudes, or a combination of both.
Olivier is a dynamic individual with diverse international experience in sales management and business development in the fine wine industry. He is a graduate of McGill and is fluent in three languages ideal for work in wine from a Vancouver base: English and French, plus spoken Mandarin Chinese.
It was at the beginning of Olivier’s six-week winemaking stint in France in 2007, at the winery making arguably the best “Croze-Hermitage” (and an “Hermitage” rated 99 by Wine Spectator), Maison Alain Graillot, that Olivier had one his biggest wine revelations. Parker had just been to Graillot’s the morning Olivier arrived to do one of his legendary 120-bottle tastings, and that evening, Mr. Graillot very generously served wines to the staff that cost more than most people’s monthly salary, convincing Olivier that his enthusiasm was not misplaced and that he was in the right business!
Olivier spent the last four years in Beijing, China, before emigrating to Vancouver in early 2012. He worked closely with a high-end international F&B clientele consisting of five-star hotels and upscale restaurants, creatively bringing wines to that young, growing market that would be considered “naive” by Canada’s more advanced standards for wine appreciation. He did so through wine dinners (at Maison Boulud, Aman resort, Fook Lam Moon, Beijing’s newest Shangri-La, to name a few), TV appearances, staff trainings, and press events for interesting wine growers visiting China, all based on his own belief in and passion for the wines he represented.
And there’s no doubt that Olivier needed a large dose of passion and vision to explain bio-dynamics, for example, to crowds of high-net worth potential clients whose main concern about a wine’s worthiness revolved around whether it was dry or sweet, white or red, and AOC or not!
Olivier’s four years in Asia were very successful on all fronts, and China was a fun and challenging market to sell to. As a matter of fact, Olivier has a Chinese wife he met in Beijing…but now that he’s back in Canada, here in Vancouver, Olivier wishes nothing more than to put his hard-earned stripes to work, and to meet the new challenge of adapting himself to the expanding market here to bring you wines with the gauge of quality and honesty that he is accustomed to dealing with.
Shelley was born and raised in Vancouver. An expert in logistics and marketing, she started in the Wine Importing/Agency business in 1999. Shelley specializes in Canadian liquor board compliance, inventory management, pricing, budgeting, forecasting, supplier relations and wine marketing. With a passion for organization, systems and processes she has led a team responsible for the logistics and inventory management of over $35 million of wine annually.
Over her tenure, Shelley has built relationships with the various Provincial Liquor Boards across Canada, key media personalities, and with a global network of wine producers.
She loves to travel and has traveled to many of the great wine regions of the world; appreciating the wine, food and culture each has to offer. She is an avid runner, swimmer, and skier. She is a loving wife of Rob and has two young children Matthew and Alexander.
Richard immigrated to Canada in 1989 and has had a successful career both with his own accounting practice and, subsequently, as a Senior Accountant in some of Canada’s most successful and growing wine importing agencies.
Richard entered the wine industry around 1997. Over the subsequent years he has become an expert in a number of accounting and financial areas specific to the wine industry. Most recently he spent over 10 years as the Senior Accountant with a national wine importer that operated 4 subsidiaries; had an annual turn-over of almost $50 million in wine; and a staff of 50 employees. He was responsible for leading a small team that managed all aspects of accounting including: international supplier payables; foreign currency transactions; budgeting; consolidations; bookkeeping and financial reporting.
Richard was born and raised in the Philippines where he attended University and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1986. In 1988 he achieved the designation of Certified Public Accountant in the Philippines He has achieved his 5th Level of the CGA program in Canada. Richard is a loving husband of Norma and has two children, Brian and Jasmine.
Until recently Rob held the position of President in one of Canada’s most success preimum wine import/agencies. He has a track record of building small companies from the entreprenurial start-up phase into multi-million dollar professionally run organizations.
Today Rob is actively involved in the development of a Hong Kong and China based wine importing company. He sits on various Board of Directors and provides strategic input and energy to successful growing companies.
Rob completed his MBA in Enterprise Development at the University of Calgary in 1998. Rob’s first career was as a waiter in the restaurant business in Winnipeg and then Banff. It was there, in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, where he skied all winter, hiked all summer, and developed a passion for great food and wine. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, a B.Comm in Information Systems, he worked as a Programmer/Analyst for a senior oil and gas producer in Alberta. After four years in Oil and Gas Rob re-kindled his passion for food and wine and entered the Import/agency wine business. Over the past couple of decades Rob has been helping people and companies grow and achieve their goals in the fine wine business. He has travelled to most of the important exporting wine regions of the world and has tasted thousands of wines. His passion for wine and his passion for business create the perfect combination for success. Rob has two sons, Matthew and Alexander and is married to Shelley.
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3355 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, CANADA, V6S 1R8