About us

Sebastian Griese

Managing Director

Sebastian was born in Germany. After working as a Sommelier and Restaurant Manager in some of the most prestigous Hotels and Restaurants in Europe he startet working in the wine business for Riepenau Fine & Rare in Germany. He moved to Hong Kong in 2009 to establish Riepenau Fine & Rare Asia. Besides handling our trade customers for several years now, he is also highly involved in sourcing exciting wines for our growing customer base. He likes travelling to wine regions around the world with Champagne being one of his favourites. Tasting a mature bottle of Dom Perignon is always a treat for him. He is fluent in English, Spanish & German. In his free time, Sebastian enjoys travelling to exciting places in Asia as well as exploring the local food and drinks. In Hong Kong he likes the local restaurants & bar scene and enjoys cooking at home and share nice bottle of wine with his friends.

Iris Chan

Sales Director

Iris was born and raised in Hong Kong. After graduating with a degree in accounting, she was led to the wine industry by her passion. During her career in the past five years, she gained experience in various aspects of the business, including procurement, marketing, and sales operation. Besides, she has successfully passed the WSET Level III in 2013. She is a big fan of Burgundy and matured Bordeaux but is also very interested in niche wines from around the world. As a keen blind wine taster, she thinks discovering wines with good value a lot of fun. Speak to Iris and her top priority is always meeting your personal interests and needs. Iris speaks fluent English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Iris enjoys dining out with friends in one of Hong Kongs 80,000 restaurants with Japanese food being Iris’ favorite.

Paul Turner

Operations Manager

Paul was born in the UK. He relocated to Asia in 2007 after working in fashion design he discovered his great interest in wine. He has worked with Riepenau since 2015 as Operations Manager. Paul is currently studying for WSET Level III, having recently passed Level II. He enjoys trying new wines and champagnes and looks forward to expanding his wine knowledge in the future. In his spare time Paul is a keen baker and loves trying out new recipes and ideas for special occasions and friend’s birthdays. He also enjoys long walks with his dog.