Vinologie was created based on the idea of offering our customers a well-curated portfolio of the finest beverages made by passionate winemakers, brewers and distillers around the world. Fortunately for us, these new generation of producers have become very active in ensuring that their farms are maintained with complete attention to sustainable agriculture which also extends to the production level.
In this competitive market, we are proud to showcase unique products that stand out among the countless brands because of the way our selections are made and packaged.
Our commitment to bring you exciting products will always be at the forefront of our activity.
In 1991, Leo Baduria left a career as medical research assistant and joined the wine industry as a sales associate for a respected wine agency where he gained experience in wine marketing until he created Groupe Soleil with a partner in 1997. Two years later, he set up Amphorae in 1999, and, finally, his very own company, Portfolio Wine & Spirits in 2001, where he developed the market for specialty wines from independent family growers in France, Italy, Austria, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. He introduced into the market wines that have not been seen before, such as Gruner Veltliner, Primitivo, Negroamaro, among others. He continues to expand his commitment to bring in unique wines and spirits from dedicated producers around the globe. His passion for artisanal wines, sakés and spirits, along with his knowledge and expertise, led to the creation of Vinologie in response to the changing drinks market in Canada.
Vivian Gies is a Partner and Product Consultant at Vinologie, responsible for providing our company with valuable insight on public customer tastes and preferences, which are often overlooked by professionals who focus mainly on wines that have top accolades. As a wine lover for decades, her input on what we bring into the market have proven successful over the years as her travels to various wine regions have allowed her to understand the impact of terroir and winemakers' passion on the wines they produce, and what customers want in their wines.
Vivian has a Masters degree in Education from the University of Toronto, and has taught hundreds of students with hearing loss from toddlers to high school for over 35 years.