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The History of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. is the #1 wine auction house in the U.S. and a leading online retailer, occupying a unique position in the rare wine market. HDH provides unrivaled expertise and personalized service to collectors and the wine trade, offering a broad range of options for buying and selling wine. The company was founded in October 2004 by three highly-respected industry leaders: Paul Hart, Michael Davis, and John Hart. They built a team of the most experienced professionals in the wine industry and quickly became a trusted source for rare wine. Today, HDH is helmed by Paul Hart (Chairman & CEO), and Ben Nelson (President). Paul began his career at Christie’s Wine Department and held executive positions at Davis & Company and Sotheby’s. As part of their commitment to superior service, Hart Davis Hart spearheaded the development of their online bidding platform, which is the most sophisticated system of its kind. Released in March of 2015, the mobile app and auction website allow users to place absentee and live bids from anywhere. Hart Davis Hart’s dedication to innovation has made the firm the industry leader in terms of technology, service, and expertise.

Pictured above (from left to right):
Paul Hart, John Hart & Michael Davis


“We spent the several months learning John Hart’s retail business, developing a state-of-the-art website, and building an expert team composed of John’s seasoned staff and a handful of former colleagues from both Sotheby’s and Davis & Company,” stated Michael Davis. “The fusion of our resources has enabled us to launch a dynamic auction division devoted to showcasing cellars of impeccable provenance.” Included in this blockbuster team are fine wine experts and Vice Presidents Allan Frischman and Ben Ferdinand.

John Hart, who has nurtured relationships with collectors for 30 years and helped make Chicago an important part of the rare wine market, remains very active with the business. “I’m thrilled with how the business has evolved,” said Hart. “We now have a team with unparalleled experience, and we are all very excited by the dynamic nature of offering both auction and retail services in one house. The future looks very bright for Hart Davis Hart.”


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