G.D. Varjra | Barolo, Italy

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 Cohen

Stephen founded Groupe Soleil in 1996 after spending more than fifteen years in the wine business in Ontario. For more than 35 years he has travelled the world in search of top-quality wines from artisanal properties. Groupe Soleil is known as purveyors of the finest wines and has grown to be one of the leading small agencies in Ontario serving the finest restaurants, collectors and private clients. 

Kyle Paton

Kyle is a certified sommelier and chef who has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. After opening his first restaurant at 21 years old, he went on to work at the world-renowned Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York as well as Relae and Amass in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has since opened Meanwhile Wine Bar and Wine Club, and works with Restaurant Pearl Morissette in Jordan, Ontario. His love and knowledge of champagne drew him to represent his favourite portfolio in the province.

David Lobe

David is a WSET Diploma graduate who has been actively involved in the wine world for over 10 years. In addition to his work at Groupe Soleil, David is a WSET instructor through Toronto-based Adventure in Wine. He has worked at The Prune restaurant in Stratford, Ontario and been published in the World of Fine Wine. David enjoys travel and has visited winemakers across Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia and the United States.

Nabilah Rawji

Nabilah is a certified sommelier that has worked in and led wine programs at some of the city’s best regarded hospitality outposts including Terroni, Oliver & Bonacini and most recently the Shangri-La Hotel.

She is currently an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and intends to pursue her Master Sommelier designation in the near future. Her travels have taken her to a handful of wine regions such as Piedmont, Oporto and Champagne and she is looking forward to further travels soon. Until then you can find her travelling about her backyard with a glass of something high acid and a true crime podcast.