About Trembath & Taylor
L to R: Matt Paul, Virginia Taylor, Michael Trembath
Trembath and Taylor is a leading Australian wine importing business that specialises in the importation of fine Italian wine.
Established in 1994, the original principals of Trembath & Taylor, Michael Trembath and Virginia Taylor, were joined by Matt Paul in 2005. Each of the shareholders has extensive wine industry knowledge and experience. Every year sees the group spending a combined 3 months in Italy visiting growers, tasting new releases and seeking out new wines.
Michael completed his Associate Diploma in Wine Marketing at Roseworthy College in South Australia, graduating as dux of the course. He gained solid experience in the retail sector before taking on the role of Director of Sales & Marketing with WJ Seabrook. After a 2 year sojourn in Italy, working with eminent wine exporter Neil Empson, Trembath and Taylor followed seamlessly, and Michael has earned himself a strong reputation for having formidable wine knowledge. Michael is a judge of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show and hosts annual tours to Italy with luxury travel company, Captain’s Choice. In 2016 Michael made his 42nd trip to Italy.
Virginia’s journey started in retail. She spent eleven years with Crittendens before moving on to WJ Seabrook where she worked alongside Michael, coordinating sales and marketing. 1992 saw her and Michael spend 2 years based in Milan and working with leading Italian wine exporter, Neil Empson. Today, the relationship with Empson is still integral to their business.
Matt graduated from the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne and spent ten formative years in managerial and sommelier roles in some of Melbourne’s leading restaurants working alongside celebrated innovators in that industry. The George Melbourne Wine Room, where Matt cut his serious industry teeth, fortuitously materialised as the meeting place with Michael and Virginia. The rest is history.
Trembath & Taylor’s head office is in South Melbourne, Victoria, and Matt Irwin manages New South Wales from Sydney. Matt holds a Bachelor of Business Hospitality Management and spent 10 years living and travelling through some of the great wine regions of the world, returning to Australia in 2012. His love affair with Italy began when he lived in the Veneto region, meeting his now wife in Venice. They gave their daughter the middle name ‘Venezia’ in honour of the beautiful city and country they love.
Further afield, Trembath & Taylor has agents in Western Australia (Dave Mullen Wine Agency), South Australia (Muster Wine Co.), Northern Territory (Thomas Chin), Queensland (Cuttings) and Tasmania (Wine Profile).