At its core Groupe Soleil is all about the search for quality. Established in 1996, Groupe Soleil has spent years seeking out the finest wines from classic and modern regions of the wine world, in order to bring a unique vinous experience to its customers.
Parallel to the eternal search for quality, is the desire to work hand-in-and with both customers and suppliers alike. For, what is wine without wine drinkers? And Groupe Soleil has long prided itself on its close relationships and the trust it has worked hard to earn from its customers. More than just a sales agency, Groupe Soleil fosters close relationships and trust through its never-ending search for quality; it’s hands-on approach; and a deeply committed desire to provide excellent service.
Stephen founded Groupe Soleil in 1996 after spending more than fifteen years in the wine business in Ontario. Over the last 30 years he has travelled the world in search of top quality wines from small artisanal properties for his clientele, who have come to associate Groupe Soleil as purveyors of the finest wines. Since starting the company 19 years ago, Groupe Soleil has grown to be one of the leading small agencies in Ontario, which specializes in servicing the finest restaurants in the province, as well as collectors and private clients. Stephen’s focus has always been to create a portfolio that is manageable in size while at the same time allows for a serious sales and marketing effort on behalf of each and every supplier. His philosophy is carried through to the very nature of the brands, as all wineries must be compatible and complementary, personally visiting with each producer before bringing in their wines for sale.
Born in San Francisco and raised on the east coast, Ben developed a serious interest in food and wine after moving to Montreal to study Political Science at McGill. Living in Quebec, he developed an early foundation in the classic wines of France. After a post-university trip to Europe in 2006, he moved to Chicago and began working in retail and later as a sommelier, before returning to Canada in 2011 with his wife, a Toronto native. Following stints in Toronto restaurants such at Pangaea, Yours Truly and Nota Bene, and a harvest at Tawse Winery, Ben joined Groupe Soleil in 2014. As an agent, Ben enjoys the opportunity to connect with growers and winemakers, traveling whenever possible to visit and taste with our many fine producers, as well as to source new wines for the Ontario market. He is constantly on the lookout for new and interesting wines of character and distinctiveness from around the world, and has a particular interest in producers working organically, biodynamically and naturally. His travels have included regions such as Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire, Piedmont, Tuscany, Rioja, Priorat, Ribeira Sacra, Rias Baixas, Bierzo, Napa and Sonoma.