Solovino was incorporated in Kenya in 2017 by its 3 directors from Kenya, Argentina and Uk with an aim to
bringing affordable and good value wines to Kenya; primarily focusing on Argentinian Wines. The company
is an Importer and E-commerce company with links to some of the biggest and best producers in the world
- which can be seen in our section on "meet the winemakers". Over the past 4 years the portfolio has
grown to include wines from all over the world & growing partnerships with international suppliers
;we have been able to source premium and fine wines at affordable prices coupled with the integrity and
skills of some very world renowned winemakers, whom can be seen in our portfolio
Solovino was the first e-commerce wine company to have its own APP which was developed in
the US in 2019, this can be downloaded from our "Solovino APP section".
Since 2017 we have regularly updated our systems and securities within local and
international legal frameworks to ensure customers are receiving a safe and upto date shopping platform
to purchase products.
COVID -19 POLICY
We have implemented a policy and it is available to view in our terms of service - to maintain
hygiene, safety and integrity of products. All products are handled by only one person, every day
the boxes and bottles are sprayed with an industrial sprayer of pure surgical spirit, All drivers
spray the boxes again prior to contact-less delivery
We have upgraded our payment system, none of our customers banking details are saved on our / nor our
payment providers system. They are encrypted at highest levels of PCI DSS system.
CHARITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Solovino is always looking to give back to the community and has projects with friends of dagoretti
children, Innetwork and Kibera children, Friends of Nairobi National Park, Running for Rangers to
name a few. In 2020 we supported a group of musicians to put Kibera kids into schools as well as
supplying long-lasting fresh water sanitation containers to impoverished communities in and around
All our Salesmen are trained to a minimum of WSET LEVEL 2 Wine Sommeliers Certification
THE SOLOVINO TEAM
Paolo Francescon - Kenyan born
Paolo has more than 50 years experience in East Africa working on Building and trading
projects. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the company in international business,
finance and project management.
Ivan West- Kenyan born
Ivan has traded products and travelled all over the world as a professional taster for
the best part of 20 years. Ivan heads up the tasting, procurement and business
development side of the company. Our resident sommelier and head of sales is always
looking for new and exciting wines to bring to kenya.
logistics specialist with over 20 years experience in international logistics and
freight forwarding all over Europe and Africa. An integral part of the team to
co-ordinate efficient supply lines and distribution.
Mandela comes from a background of warehousing with Cargill, distribution, project
management and systems analysis from Safaricom bringing an analytical dimension to the
Eddie has been working with Solovino for 2 years and has a good understanding of
different wine styles and distribution, co-ordinating the incoming and outgoing of
products with the rest of the team
Jimmy has been with the company since 2018 and has since gained his driving licence and
works hard with team to deliver products efficiently and quickly to customers. He is a
keen footballer; playing for a local team and active church-goer.
MEET THE WINE MAKERS
"In theory we’re a wine business, but really, we’re a people business. Our wine is the
product of our people.They travel the world over. They grow, harvest, make, blend and
bottle. And along the way they pick up a good story or two. All of which we bottle for
you.It’s taught us that it’s easy to make inexpensive wine. But it’s much more difficult to
make good wine inexpensively. Yet this is what we pursue with passion. Because we believe
all people should be able to drink good wine."
"Rodolfo Sadler is the wine maker and he is passionate about his creations. He has received
worldwide recognition for his work, the winery being rated as top Argentinian producer in
2014 and Rodolfo's blends receiving top gradings from acclaimed wine critics Tim Atkins and
James Suckling. In 2018 his Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon was rated BEST RED WINE IN THE WORLD
at a blind tasting of over 3000 wines in Paris"
"At the end of the 1990s, Rafael and José Guilisasti were very visionary in perceiving that
the market was beginning to change, and global consumers were beginning to consciously
choose the products they were consuming, not just in terms of their health, but also due to
its environmental and social effects.Together with visionary winemaker Álvaro Espinoza, they
began converting a conventional Chilean winery into a 100% organic and biodynamic winery,
with the firm objective of creating wines of the highest quality while respecting people and
the environment.After more than 2 decades, what began as a dream is today a full portfolio
of products, with recognitions both domestic and international, that meet the needs of
today’s consumer. Marguerite Penot is in charge of THE 100% ORGANIC EMILIANA ADOBE Range of
wines having worked in Sonoma, Bordeaux,Rhone valley,Alsace and Burgundy with a Masters in
Viticulture and winemaking"
"From day one, the Old Road Wine Co. based in Franschhoek has focused on crafting a portfolio
of terroir-driven wines. Winemaker Ryan Puttick has been given the freedom to craft his best
expression of each cultivar. With a focus on maintaining wine integrity through quality, he
has steered the winery along the (old) road to success."