About Nicholas: Vinnico Export was founded in 1996 by Nicholas "Nico" Hammeken whose wine industry experience began with the completion of his professional Cellar Master designation in Denmark. He then continued with work in wine production in Germany, France and Spain before moving into the wine trade in England. Nicholas was especially interested in the wine regions in southeastern Spain, particularly the Murcia region. Winery improvements from the 1990's had produced wines that were much more suited to modern tastes.
Nicholas likes to describe the wines we work with as "Tomorrow's Spain". Traditional Spanish grape varietals from old, established vineyards and winegrowing regions are combined with modern viticultural and winemaking techniques to produce fresh wines that emphasize the true characteristics of each grape and each region.
As well as being the managing director, Nicholas is also involved with sales and has a specific focus on Scandinavia. He was also responsible for launching Vinnico Export wines into North America and Japan.
About David: David Tofterup was born in the town of Esbjerg, in the Danish peninsula, in 1975. At the age of 15 he migrated with his family to the Costa del Sol in Spain, and it was here that his interest in the Spanish language, culture, gastronomy and wine took form. Appreciation for quality wine and food has been a passion of David's ever since.
His interest for wines, however, was not just limited to consuming, but rather in the art and technique of winemaking. Moving back to Copenhagen on his own at the age of 18, he graduated from Copenhagen Business College in 1995 and in 1998 he became a skilled wine cellar master and started on his adventures traveling around the wine world. He has worked as an assistant winemaker at prestigious wineries worldwide, including Mont Marçal (Peñedes, Spain), Chateau Lestage-Simon (Haut-Medoc, France), Viña Tarapacá (Maipo Valley, Chile), Foley Estates and Lincourt Vineyards (Santa Barbara, California) and a short experience with Kumala (South Africa).
David joined Vinnico Export in 2001 and created the company's award winning wine collections, Montgó, Flor del Montgó and Aventino as well as well recognized single label wines such as, Tosalet and Creencia. David also has helped importers in creating unique blends for their unique market and has worked with individual wineries to adapt winery blends for international markets. He has also consulted and advised wineries on improvements in both viticulture and winemaking techniques.
In order to keep himself up to date with the latest theories and constant evolution of the wine industry, he has been taking distance courses in Viticulture and Enology with the University of California, Davis.