European Cellars imports wines from family-owned properties that practice responsible viticulture. From our company’s founding, we have been recognized as one of the premier importers of wines from France and Spain and have expanded into Switzerland, Germany, Eastern Europe, Chile, and Lebanon. Some estates have been with us from the very beginning while others are helmed by young winemakers who were children when our company was founded, but all represent what we believe – place over process.
In 1990, Eric Solomon founded European Cellars, and from the outset, he championed unheralded wine growing regions and promoted young, innovative winemakers. His focus on France, particularly the Rhône, Languedoc, and Roussillon regions, quickly earned him a reputation as a dynamic and successful importer. European Cellars now boasts over 90 properties and is recognized as one of the finest wine importers in the United States. His pioneering efforts have been acknowledged with numerous awards and accolades, including Wine Personality of the Year, Best Importer of the Year, and James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional. Robert Parker, one of the most influential wine critics of our time, has lauded Eric as one of the finest importers in the country, noting his talent for ferreting out spectacular wines from France and Spain. Eric’s remarkable journey is a testament to his unwavering passion and dedication to the world of wine."View Portfolio >
From a humble upbringing in Tennessee, Jon-David Headrick's journey to becoming a distinguished importer of French wines was far from expected. During his college years, while working in restaurants, he cultivated an appreciation for the rich history and complexity of French wine and the diverse regions from which they hail. His passion for wine eventually led him to Paris, where he pursued an MBA and seized every opportunity to explore the vineyards of France. It was not long before Jon-David realized that working closely with farmers was his true calling, and he embarked on his quest to become a wine importer. Today, Jon-David Headrick Selections is renowned for its portfolio, which prioritizes purity, minerality, and balance in selecting properties. Headrick works with vintners who practice organic or biodynamic viticulture and harvest at dramatically lower yields than their neighbors. This commitment to excellence and the environment has earned him great admiration, including the prestigious Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Merite Agricole, awarded by the government of France in 2010, as recognition for his outstanding service to French agriculture.View Portfolio >