Tim Triptree MW (UK)
Tim Triptree is the International Director of Wine at Christie’s. Tim’s main role is curating, sale planning and the execution of Christie’s wine auctions internationally. Based at Christie’s London, his role includes sourcing consignments, inspection and authentication, developing client relations and hosting wine events and masterclasses. Following an initial career in banking, Tim became interested in wine whilst living in Mendoza, Argentina studying Spanish and completing a sommelier course.
He joined Christie’s wine department in 2005 after graduating with an MBA distinction (wine business management). He completed the WSET Diploma, gaining a distinction in 2008 and was awarded the Sherry Institute Scholarship and Constellation Scholarship, which involved wine visits to Jerez and New Zealand respectively. He received the Trinity Champagne Scholarship whilst on the MW study programme.
In January 2013, Tim was seconded to Christie’s Hong Kong for four years, to focus on raising the department’s profile in the region as well as involvement with wine auctions in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He became head of sale in Hong Kong before returning to London in January 2017 and was promoted to international director in June 2018. Tim has been a wine judge at the International Wine and Spirit Competition since 2011, a panel judge at Decanter World Wine Awards 2017-2018 and at Bacchus Wine 2018 in Madrid.
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