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. 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 Nairobi
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.
A 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 team
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."