About ARENI

Our Mission

Through a comprehensive research and publication programme, ARENI exists to inform, inspire and empower those invested in the future of Fine Wine.

Our Vision

Together with contributors and members, ARENI supports a Fine Wine world sustainably evolving through change.

ARENI is a global research and action institute dedicated to the future of Fine Wine. Creating conversation platforms for the Fine Wine ecosystem, ARENI brings together critical thinkers, from iconic Fine Wine producers to leading academics and business leaders, resulting in a well-researched, global and multi-disciplinary approach to a world undergoing change.

Because it’s time to lead the way.

Our Mandate

  • Build a balanced, inspiring, relevant and attractive program of research and events to address and harness the major forces of changes.
  • Curate and nurture a diverse range of experts, both within and adjacent to the Fine Wine ecosystem, to sparkle insightful conversations.
  • Produce thorough and high quality analysis, infographics and content.
  • Support and champion action decided collectively, educational and mentorship opportunities favoring the relevance of Fine Wine in today’s world.
“Given the magnitude of the global challenges facing the wine trade, it's vital that we have a forum where people can come together and thrash out solutions. ARENI Global has finally made that happen.”
Felicity Carter Editor-in-Chief, Meininger's Wine Business International

Core Values

Fine Wine is a powerful link between earth and sky, individuals and communities, past and present. It carries within itself magic, wonder and contemplation that facilitates a sentiment of belonging through shared emotion. For all of this, we believe that the world is a better place with Fine Wine in it.

“There's not only an opportunity but also an obligation to come together, collaborate and affect positive and meaningful change for the Fine Wine ecosystem.”

Nicole Rolet, Chair, Areni global

Leadership

ARENI has defined a set of institutional guiding principles and goals for the year to come. We are grateful to the people that carry out this mission and help make it happen.

Steven Spurrier

Honorary President

Steven Spurrier is no less than a Fine Wine legend. His journey to Fine Wine – beginning in 1964 when he joined the London School of Economics wine club – brought him through successful ventures, and have helped defining Fine Wine as we know it today. His most famous adventure of all was the organisation of the Judgement of Paris in 1976, disrupting the international Fine Wine balance. More than 40 years later, Steven Spurrier is an example of passion and dedication to Fine Wine, shaping conversations and championing talents.

Nicole Rolet

Co-founder and Chair

After an intense career in International Politics, Finance and Think Tanks, Nicole embarked on the adventure of a lifetime: together with husband Xavier and family, she undertook the restoration of an abandoned medieval priory in Provence and its derelict but magnificent wild vineyard. She got badly bitten by the family wine bug, went back for wine studies at the WSET in the UK, then UC Davis in the US. There, she developed a deep-seated conviction of the site’s phenomenal potential to produce Grand Cru-quality wine, and a single-minded dedication to uncovering it. With the help of her family she spent over a decade nursing the vineyard back to health, crafting the first cuvées in 2006, launching the eco-couture wine label Chêne Bleu in 2010.

Pauline Vicard

Co-founder and Executive Director

Born and raised into a winemaking family in Burgundy, Pauline has been working in the wine sector for the last 15 years both in Europe and Internationally, in the market research department of the Burgundy wine office and the French Embassy, before creating her own corporate wine events and education company in Lille, France. She moved to London in 2015 to spearhead the Wine Library of the unique and acclaimed Clerkenwell London, a multi-space design destination, before developing the concept of Fine Minds 4 Fine Wines with Nicole Rolet that led to the creation of Areni Global.
Pauline now directs all Areni’s activities, when she is not studying for the Master of Wine exam or playing ultimate frisbee.

Marlene Angelloz

Event Manager

When she is not spearheading all ARENI’s events with an incredible attention to details, a never-ending smile and a “there is always a solution” attitude, Marlene lives her passion for Grenache leading the International Grenache Association since 2010, and has been key to the grape variety’s international recognition.

Lizzie Shell

Operations Manager

Former City lawyer bitten by the wine bug ten years ago, Lizzie is now a sought-after business consultant, crafting ARENI’s operations to success while also being active in diverse projects through the Fine Wine Ecosystem.

Sherry Stolar

Content Manager

Recently graduated from the London Business School, Napa-born Sherry Stolar will definitely be part of the future of Fine Wine. When she is not publishing podcasts or writing insightful articles for ARENI, she is re-defining wine education and has some very exciting business plans on the way…

Make a difference

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Because it’s time to lead the way.

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