Santé Wines, based in Melbourne, Australia, distributes premium wines, naturally brewed apple and pear ciders, craft beer and luxury gin at wholesale cost to licensed businesses in the states of Victoria and Tasmania.
Santé Wines was established in 2008 and is independently owned Managing Director and former professional NBA and NBL basketball player, Todd Lichti. Despite Todd’s basketball playing days being over (even though his reign as Stanford University’s all-time scoring leader only ended in 2015 after 26 years when Chasson Randle ended the 67-60 victory over Old Dominion with 2,350 points), he applies his straight-shooting skills and Stanford degree in Quantitative Economics to great use leading the small but dedicated team at Santé, together with his business partner and Santé’s General Manager, Krisdianne Shimmin.
The Company’s extensive range of fine wines from Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and the USA regularly receive some of the highest accolades from the world’s most respected wine critics. Over half of the Australian wineries in Santé’s portfolio are consistently rated as some of the ‘Best Wineries of the Regions’ or receive five star ratings by James Halliday in his definitive guide to Australian Wine, the Halliday Wine Companion. The Santé portfolio has also diversified and progressed in recent years to include luxury gin, craft beer and cider. Santé Wines’ dynamic team of staff has extensive industry experience working within many of Melbourne’s leading hotels, bars, restaurants, independent retailers and wine distribution companies. Not surprisingly, the team has solidified Santé as one of Victoria’s leading on-premise wine distributors, as well as enjoying excellent relationships with independent and national wine retailers.
Although Santé’s wine range is large, the Company prides itself on offering their customers tailor-made promotional support to help their businesses, such as help with designing interesting and profitable wine lists, point-of-purchase promotional material, coordinating winemaker hosted dinners and much more.