Authentic Wine Brands was established to represent and build brands with soul. Brands that have a story and are authentic in their quality, mission and delivery.
Mark Leake, the founder and owner of Authentic Wine Brands, has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years covering many areas including managing and owning restaurants, wine sales and distribution, marketing and brand ambassadorship.
Mark has worked for distribution companies as well as for family owned wineries. Mark’s local and international experience includes Singlefile Wines, Pol Roger Champagne, Laurent Perrier Champagne, Yalumba, McHenry Hohen, Vasse Felix and Brown Brothers.
Mark has a strong network both in Perth and nationally. He has a strong record of growing sales and distribution and has won several industry awards over the years including and not limited to:
- 2016 Western Australian Wine Rep of the Year for Samuel Smith & Son
- 2016 finalist National Wine Rep of the Year Samuel Smith & Son
- 2015 New Zealand Sauvalanche largest sales growth and distribution for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
- 2007 d’Arenberg Western Australian Sales Person of the year
Chalari (Greek for relaxed) draws on the ethos of being relaxed and chilled, and from Alexi’s Greek heritage. Alexi’s Dad was always one for sitting around with a coffee or a drink and watching the world go by. All Chalari wine is small batch, small parcels of grapes and selected from the best vineyards within WA. The wine is made ‘garagiste’ style at a small winery setup.
To let the fruit speak for itself in the wine, intervention is only used where necessary.
Unnecessary fining and additions are not performed on the wine.
Alexi made the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine in 2020.
Morlet Margaret River Wines are family owned, producing single vineyard wines, which all come from their small boutique vineyard at 205 Clews Rd, Cowaramup. Morlet are situated at the headwaters of the Willyabrup River at the top of the Willyabrup Valley a couple of kilometres from the first winery in the Margaret River District, Vasse Felix.
Particular attention to soil health, and avoiding intrusive chemical inputs, provides the great fruit you taste in Morlet wines. This is complemented by refined French or American oak and elegant winemaking to delight your palate. No compromise here, just an enthusiastic dedication to providing unique, sophisticated, hand crafted wines you’ll love.
The origin of Rockcliffe was an 18 acre expanse of apple orchards planted early in the 1900’s in the rich Scotsdale Valley region of Denmark in the Great Southern, Western Australia. In the late 1980’s, a local family acquired the property for its fertile soils and position for long afternoon sunshine with cool ocean breezes. It was christened Matilda’s Meadow and the planting of dry grown vines commenced. The Pinot and Chardonnay vines were the first planted in the district in 1987.
The Rockcliffe brand reflects their love of the ocean and how important it is to the vineyard. Located less than 15km from the Southern Ocean , Rockcliffe are gifted with sea breezes all summer to cool the vineyard, creating the perfect conditions for the slow ripening, cool climate styles that symbolize the Great Southern.
In 2002 Dr Steve Hall, a geologist, became the new owner and, under his enthusiastic direction, Matilda’s Estate underwent a refurbishment of the Cellar Door, Art Gallery & Restaurant. 2007 resulted in the building of a brand new winery facilitating the production of 50,000 cases of wine per year and signalled a new stage in the evolution of the brand and business.
In 2013 Matilda’s Meadow became “Rockcliffe” after the stretch of 100m high granite rock cliffs that dominate the eastern end of Denmark’s main bay. The same granite lies beneath the winery and gives distinctive characteristics to the wine.
Past & Future
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Pet Nat Party at The Old Synagogue Fremantle featuring Morlet Wines Pink Zin and Chalari Wines Chenin Blanc Pet Nat
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Authentic Wine Brands’
Services & Specialities
Sales & Distribution
Authentic Wine Brands can solely look after your Sales and Distribution, building a plan and targets that meet your brand needs. Alternatively, we can work alongside your existing distributor to build brand presence and recognition and facilitate the sales process .
Wine sales via multiple channels, including wholesale, national retail, airlines, travel retail, on-premise, online wine clubs.
Brand Building & Establishment
Re-positioning brands, brand building and establishing brands in market. As we move into recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, this is more important than ever with large
multi-national brands offering competitive deals and free stock replacements.
Authentic Wine Brands has well-established relationships with the buyers for the big box companies as well as local independent stores.
Events & Functions
Authentic Wine Brands develops left of centre themes and concepts to surprise and delight your customers and win new business. Authentic Wine Brands will look after everything from conception and implementation, including event management & hosting on the day.
On Premise Networks
A key strength of Authentic Wine Brands is the on premise network, and we invite you to use our network to build your brand in an unprecedented market.
A key aspect of sales and growth, old school in-store tastings reach the consumer directly and reward the retailer for stocking your brand.
In-store retail staff to restaurant floor experts, Authentic Wine Brands can tailor staff training to any level, making it accessible and rewarding for the staff involved. Having knowledgeable retail and on-premise staff on your brand’s side is a key component to ensuring sales growth.
Includes initial liaison with the venue, menu planning, marketing, hosting and maximising the opportunity for a positive return on investment. Let Authentic Wine Brands take care of your next wine dinner.
Social Media Marketing
Authentic Wine Brands can drive traffic and results through your social media channels.
The new normal is virtual wine tastings for your direct-to-consumer database, using platforms like Zoom, Teams and Facebook Live. In telling your brand’s story and sharing with your audience we will build your direct-to-consumer sales.
Development of Point of Sale
From design to delivery, Authentic Wine Brands can create brand booklets, portfolios, packaging, tent cards and general point of sale.
Communications and media relations, distribution of new releases.
What People are Saying
“Goes the extra mile”
“I unreservedly recommend Mark Leake as a Brand Ambassador. In my dealings with Mark I have always found him to be professional, informative, organised and fun. Mark has great wine knowledge, is customer centric, a great communicator and story teller.
Mark is a passionate wine person and goes the extra mile not only for his customers but also the wine community and consumer.“
“I had the pleasure of working with Mark to manage a sponsorship between a wine brand and a major performing arts organisation. He intrinsically understood the business opportunity of bringing together two brands whose stories and values aligned.
Mark was innovative in his approach to managing the sponsorship, continually proposing new ways to raise the profile of the brand and drive sales. I look forward to working with Mark again when the opportunity arises and wholeheartedly recommend him as a brand ambassador.“
Philanthropy & Sponsorship Manager
Barking Gecko Theatre
“Pleasure to work with”
“Mark is an absolute pleasure to work with. He treats his clients as business partners, not customers. He is always willing to give of his time and industry knowledge, offers great advice and most importantly, is highly dependable and would never let you down.
Mark is a true professional and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to any prospective client.“
The University Club of Western Australia
“Integrity & strong work ethic”
“Mark is an informed hospitality professional, who always kept me up to date on wine releases.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mark to those in the wine and spirit trade, looking for someone with integrity and strong work ethic.”
Alain H Lee
Hospitality & Sommelier Consultancy