Thienpont Wine is a well-established wine importer and wine merchant based at Hof te Cattebeke,
Etikhove since 1842 (12 years after Belgium became an independent country.) It prides itself on its family values, on its international reputation and the quality of the wine selection. Building on the Thienpont family roots in Bordeaux (family members own such well-known estates as L’IF, Le Pin, Chateau Pellebouc, Chateau Puygueraud and Vieux Chateau Certan), the Thienpont Wine selection’s main strengths lie in Bordeaux. The Thienponts have a treasured position on the “Place” de Bordeaux (where all classified Bordeaux is traded) as well as great contacts with small growers throughout the region.
The Thienpont Wine selection covers the great wine regions of France as well as personal favourites from Italy, Spain and Germany.
The Thienpont team is a small but dedicated group of employees based in the Flemish Ardennes near Oudenaarde.
The average age of employment with the company is over ten years. Several of the team make up the Thienpont tasting panel which samples new wines every two weeks or so, to make up the Thienpont selection.
They are all happy to give you help and guidance about our wines.
Here is a chance to meet them:
Belgium’s only female Master of Wine, Fiona ‘s career in wine has spanned over 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in America, of British parents, she travels the world in search of great new wines. When she is back at her desk at Hof te Cattebeke, she manages the Thienpont Wine team and still finds time to write wine articles and books, do the wine selection for Brussels Airlines and be involved with the family’s Bordeaux estates. She met Jacques in Bordeaux 20 years ago and together they have built up Thienpont Wine to be the respected wine merchant that it is today.
Jacques probably needs no introduction, so well known is he for the incredible rise of his tiny estate, Le Pin in Pomerol. He spent most of his career working with his uncle Gérard in the family wine business and took over the company on Gérard’s death in 1995. Apart from running his three Bordeaux estates, Jacques other passion is architecture and the restoration of the family domain in Etikhove takes up much of his time.
Katrien is our longest serving employee, (since 1998) who plays the invaluable role as our accountant and bookkeeper, as well as HR manager. (We have even given Katrien her own office; so important is it that she has the calm necessary to keep our clients’ accounts and ours in order). Katrien is based in our Bruwaan office in Oudenaarde and helps out in a myriad of other ways in the office. Her great efficiency is an example to us all.
Cindy grew up in the Flemish Ardennes in a family of entrepreneurs, where she learnt that independent thinking, diplomacy, efficiency and courtesy are important keys to success. Having worked for a family brewery for 14 years, it was time for a career change to a family run wine business. Cindy knows the importance of family values and has adopted us all here at Thienpont, where she runs the busy lives of Jacques and Fiona.
Amandine brings lots of energy, organization and social skills to her job as Communication Assistant. She has a French restaurateur father and a Flemish mother and attended Spermalie Hotel and Tourism school before gaining her Bachelor degree in Office Management and Event Planning. She is quickly bringing us all into the 21st century with her social media and marketing plans. This year she will complete her studies as a Consultant Sommelier at Syntra and at Suze La Rousse Wine University.
After 4 years of working at the NMBS Vicky went back to school to study logistics management, before working in the transport sector. Based in our Bruwaan office she handles all of our orders, shipments and transport issues. She has quickly become a valuable member of our team. She loves good food, enjoying nature and is a big animal lover.
Joined us in 2019 and is also based in our Bruwaan office. He is responsible for both our warehouses and their precious inventories and many of you will hear from Jens when he organises the delivery of your wine orders. Jens studied at the Hotel Management School Ter Groene Poorte and then worked as a butler. He has good wine knowledge and is always ready to offer advice to our clients. When he is not busy with wine you can find him as a coach / player on the football pitch.
Joined us in the summer of 2018 and adds a touch of glamour and feminine efficiency to our warehouses although you are most likely to see Kassandra behind the wheel of one of our delivery vans when she delivers your orders. Her greatest passion is motocross which she does with her four year old son; at weekends they travel around Belgium together to participate in competitions.
Serge is our jack-of-all trades: he helps out in the warehouse; he is our second delivery man; he looks after the maintenance of the buildings and the cellars; he helps set up wine tastings. In fact every task that comes up, Serge does it with a big smile. His love of cooking, gardening and wine is much appreciated by the Thienpont team.
Charles’ career started in the navy and merchant navy until he caught the wine bug, thanks to his great friend and Thienpont cousin, Paul de Moor. He was international export director of Kreglinger Wines, for several years before he joined the Thienpont Wine team as an independent consultant handling private customers and several key accounts. When not marketing wine, Charles can be found in fine restaurants, good shooting estates and top golf courses.
Our nephew (son of Jacques’ sister Anne De Raeymaeker) had a baptism of fire when he joined us in 2015, as his first job was to oversee the implantation of a new operating system and website. What he enjoys best is travelling to wine regions to taste the new vintages and meet the producers. He is Fiona’s right hand and the latest link in the chain of family management. Oh, and needless to say, he is also doing his WSET wine studies.
If you have visited Hof te Cattebeke recently, you will certainly have met Jeroen. Having studied hotel management at Ter Groene Poorte in Bruges with a specialisation in wine & spirits, he has excellent wine knowledge and is always ready to guide you through our wine selection. After working in the hospitality industry for 15 years, Jeroen was looking for a new challenge and he now joined Alexander and Charles as our internal sales assistant. When he's not busy with wine, you can find him cheering on his favourite football team from the sidelines.
Last but not least, if you visit us at Hof te Cattebeke, you are sure to meet our dogs. Sadly the doyenne of the pack, Dizzy died at the end of the wine harvest 2018. Her son, Hiccup, the remaining chocolate brown German short haired pointer is our guard dog. Our newest recruit in the canine sector, Roxy, a young, black Spanador (half Springer Spaniel, half Labrador) is in charge of the welcoming committee. Both live on the premises and are sure to give you a warm, if somewhat slobbery, greeting.