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Craig Bonner

Craig Bonner

Vice-Chairman / Scotland Dinner Organiser


All my life I’ve worked in hospitality and I’ve never looked back! I started off as a very young boy washing dishes in a local restaurant every Sunday and now twenty years later I’m still in the same industry. I currently work for Heritage Portfolio based up in Scotland and lucky enough to look after two five star venues, Musselburgh Racecourse and Perth Racecourse.

In my hospitality career I’ve worked and managed hotels, bars, night clubs & restaurants and also worked from the shipper’s side of the business in some of Scotland’s leading breweries. Racecourses are by far the most exciting!

While working for Heritage Portfolio I have been exposed into the world of Champagne and fell in love with not only the wine but the history, ethos, workmanship and the passion of the houses producing champagne.

Early 2017 I applied for the Champagne Academy and was lucky and honoured enough to be invited to attend the course, where I had one of the most memorable weeks of my life. Tasting Les Clos Pompadour beside the vines in the Pommery Clos, listening to the cellar master at Krug educating us on how music changes the way we taste champagne and outstanding dining experiences from all the houses – a week money couldn’t buy.

In 2019 I was honoured to take a role on the committee and in 2020 was officially welcomed as an official member; I’m very excited for the coming years as part of this outstanding organisation!

Committee Member 2019, Attended course 2017


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What is your most memorable Champagne moment?

Absolutely has to be the people on my course and the people we met from the houses - it was the passion that everyone shared for Champagne.

How did you start your career in Wine & Champagne?

Worked in the Hospitality Industry all my life and 6 years ago I started working for a high end catering company, Heritage Portfolio, who opened my eyes top the world or wine and champagne. Since then I've been given the opportunity to work in some of the most prestigious venues in Scotland. Heritage Portfolio are very loyal to their wine suppliers and champagne supplier and this loyalty allowed me work with these people and really get to know our wines.

What is your current role in the industry?

General Manager for Musselburgh Racecourse & Perth Racecourse

3 Interests Outside of The Champagne World

Food, Travel and Wine

What is your favourite quote?

Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s champagne! By Winston Churchill

Why Champagne?

Perfect for all occasions. One of the few drinks you can sit back, enjoy and really appreciate the love and effort that went in to producing it.

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