Baghera/wines, a wine experts office dedicated to exceptional wines.
We, Michael Ganne and Julie Carpentier, have created Baghera/wines, a bureau of experts dedicated exclusively to the finest wines. Our ambition: to orchestrate exceptional and specialised fine wine auctions, in both room and online sales.
Your experts in fine wines
We organise one to two room sales a year. For these prestigious events, we endeavour to tell a story of a heritage, whether it be that of a prestigious domain, a rare collection or a legendary vintner.
Our online sales, called “Wine o'clocks”, are more frequent and thematic. Every month or so, internet users passionate about wine have the opportunity to acquire the finest wines in just a few clicks on our secure auction platform.
In addition to these unique experiences that define our auctions, our objective was to offer to prestigious wine enthusiasts a range of services pertaining to the hedonistic pleasures related to the life of wine: collecting, buying, selling, conserving, tasting, creating gastronomic alliances and even savouring to music.
This is the creation story behind Baghera/wines events that now also include Baghera/cellar, which proposes menus of fine wines to Geneva and Romand restaurants and very soon our boutique in the heart of the Beau-Rivage Hotel in Geneva.
At the beginning of 2019 we opened a bureau in Hong-Kong to consolidate our presence amid our Asian clientele. Led by Francesco Lee, a long-time associate of the Baghera/wines adventure, this new division supports our development alongside the most important consumers and collectors of wine in the world.
In September 2020, we officially inaugurated our new Geneva establishment, incorporating a private club and boutique dedicated to fine wines, within the Beau-Rivage hotel, Geneva.
With over CHF 100 million in sales since our creation in late 2015, we became, in just three years, the European leader in auction sales of exceptional wines ahead of numerous historic houses (for 2018).
Thanks to our common experiences in fine wines auctions, we are eager to offer amateurs and collectors an exclusive and personalized package of services, from wine expertise to boutique-fine wine auction house.
Simply click on the department that you are interested in to find out all about our activities.
Our team at the service of the world’s finest & rarest wines
We are seasoned specialists in the evaluation of cellars as well as in bottle authentication. We put all our experience and our in-depth knowledge of the fine wines market at the service of our clients; collectors, professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Michael Ganne is originally from the Médoc region near Bordeaux and naturally chose to dedicate himself to the wine business. Yet his unswerving taste for novelty spanned well beyond the great Bordeaux wines of his native land.
A graduate of the International Vine and Wine Office with a Master of Wine Management, Michael has visited more than twenty-four countries and met with the most influential people in the business.
A strong promoter of the great vintage bottles he unearths, Michael auctioned some of the most glamorous sales as Head of Continental Europe for the Wine Department at Christie's.
Yet, relentlessly looking for new perspectives, Michael decides to found his own auction house, Baghera/wines, in 2015. Since Baghera/wines' creation, we owe Michael the most impressive world records, including the biggest wine auction ever: “Henri Jayer, The Heritage” which he auctioned in June 2018, selling for CHF 34,5M.
Julie Carpentier’s past is deeply rooted to the Loire valley. These regional origins may very well have given her the desire to take the plunge and work in wineries and vineyards. Yet it may simply have been the encounter with her husband-to-be, an accomplished winemaker…
In a former life, Julie studied Art and Archaeology at the École du Louvre before joining Christie's Wine Department as Wine Specialist, where she dedicated her expertise to fine wines.
Also a graduate from WSET, Julie has shown a remarkable understanding of native varietals together with an overall taste for exceptional and unique crus.
Thus, when Michael asked her to join him in the creation of Baghera/wines, she did not hesitate to be part of the venture as Deputy Director, heading the team. Having developed strong ties with Domains, especially in Burgundy, Julie enjoys meeting vintners and people of the vine, pursuing her defense for the recognition and promotion of the art of winemaking.
An early passionate, following his “soul of wine”, Francesco is a true enthusiast. Having travelled far and wide and tasted many legendary wines, he has shared his in-depth knowledge with connoisseurs worldwide and collectors for many years.
Originally working as an equities research analyst in a French investment bank, Francesco changed his career to the wine industry, joining Christie's as Senior Wine Specialist and Associate VP in 2008, where he co-organized, amongst others, the Château Latour ex-cellar sale in 2011 in Hong-Kong.
Catching up on their mutual passion for fine wines, Michael and Francesco joined forces to develop and strengthen Baghera/wines’ presence throughout Asia. A fervent amateur of European culture and of exceptional French wines especially, Francesco loves bringing people and continents together over the finest crus.
Arthur Leclerc, born in Geneva, comes from a family of restaurateurs who passed on the taste for cooking and sharing gourmet cuisine. An insatiable epicurean, Arthur is fascinated with all things food and trained in the kitchens of a gastronomic restaurant.
Arthur then went on to study at the prestigious École Hôtelière de Genève where he was particularly captivated by event management and œnology. He complemented his hospitality training with two in-house professional experiences at the Ritz Hotel in Paris and at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva.
Whilst pursuing his passion for the study of wines and spirits, Arthur met Michael and Julie during the inaugural Baghera/wines auction. He joined the team as Sales & Events Officer during the organization of the “Henri Jayer, The Heritage” auction in 2018.
An artist's daughter and grand-daughter, of British and French origins, Olivia has always been sensitive to the intricate geography of signs. Brought up in a multicultural artistic environment on 2 languages, classical music, jazz, PG tips tea, ponies, cats&dogs and books, she fell in love with Hitchcock's oeuvre at an early age and decided to study Dramatic Art in the United Kingdom. She later pursued her acting training in Paris and Moscow and worked as an actress for the theater and cinema for fifteen years.
Family heredity compellingly made its way back, as the atavic urge for drawing and all things graphic sprung up again. Whether sketching portraits on paper tablecloths in restaurants or in her countless notebooks at the terraces of literary cafes in Paris, the fascination for signs on paper led Olivia to join some of the largest publishing houses in Paris and French press groups.
Michael invited her to join Baghera/wines as Art Director in 2015 and she has since signed Baghera's graphic identity and catalogues.
Pablo, originally from Spain, has always been in close contact with the fine wine world as his family runs one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain.
An Agricultural Engineer graduated from the Madrid University, Pablo chose to follow his passion for the wine industry and specialise in crop science with emphasis on viticulture and oenology.
With his technical and analytical mindset combined with his passion for fine wines, Pablo joined Baghera/wines in 2019 as Wine Specialist within the team.
At his early career stages, Pablo gained financial knowledge by working several years in Private Equity. But his always increasing curiosity led Pablo to continue learning about the wine business by studying at the WSET. Combined with his other passion fine dining, he has been travelling around the world visiting some of the most prestigious wineries and restaurants.
Born in Geneva, after studying law at the University of Geneva, Asta Ponzo swiftly branched off into the luxury goods industry. A skilled linguist, she communicates with ease with her network and clients in French, English, Croatian, German, Italian and Spanish.
With extensive technical experience in the Creation and Product Development department at Vacheron Constantin, a Richemont group company and the oldest watchmaking Manufacture in the world, Asta Ponzo spent five years working with decision-makers in the watchmaking industry, thus consolidating both her technical grounding in the field of fine watchmaking and her international network.
In 2003, her career path led her to the position of Communication Manager for Vacheron Constantin a company of the Richemont Group working on the Swiss market. As part of this role, she brought innovative solutions to events, PR strategy, media buying and HNWI customer care.
In 2012, after spending more than 14 years working for prestigious watch and jewellery companies, Asta founded her own communications consulting firm: The Luxury PR.
Born in Geneva to a Sri Lankan wine enthusiast father and a Finnish mother passionate about numbers, Kishan is the perfect image of these two contrasting personalities. He discovered and flourished in the world of gastronomy and wine at the Hotel Management School in Geneva . He then continued his studies, specialising in financial management at the Haute Ecole de Gestion in Geneva.
Before joining the Baghera team, Kishan held various positions in the hotel world, notably in cost control in a Geneva palace. He was also in charge of the development of a financial plan for the opening of a boutique hotel in Sri Lanka.
It was at this point in his career that he met Michael and Arthur, who is also a former student of the Hotel School, and the whole Baghera/wines team, and was offered the chance to combine his two passions, for wine and numbers, in the role of CFO of Baghera.
Emilie studied political science at the IEP of Bordeaux and at the CELSA, the Sorbonne school of communication. She began her career in communication in Paris where she worked for international companies such as Thalys Trains, the Carrefour group and EasyJet.
Her passion for digital technology took Emilie to Switzerland in 2014, where she published a creative blog and studied for a Diploma in Web Project Management at the SAWI, Lausanne, which she obtained in 2016.
It was at this time that she met Michael Ganne and Julie Carpentier who were seeking support for the digital communication at Baghera/wines. Inspired by the challenge of the company’s international reach and the passion of its founders, she joined the Master Cellar sales team in June 2016.
He advanced within the establishment and was appointed Head Sommelier of the restaurant. After 14 years of working and learning, his daughter was born and he decided it was time to dedicate more time to his family.
Henceforth, it is with the Baghera/wines team, as Manager of La Boutique by Baghera/wines, that he opens a new chapter and, like the rest of the team, Gary will be keen to offer advice and provide you with services to make your experience at Baghera/wines unique.
Originally from Paris, Dovinia joined the Baghera/wines team in 2019. Trained in Art History, Law and Political Sciences, she has worked in cultural institutions, such as museums and local authorities, in the field of research, conservation and the enhancement of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Dovinia has overseen several cultural action services for the development of audiences, regional planning and artistic programming in visual arts, live performance and music. Interested in issues of transmission, mediation and democratization of knowledge as well as contemporary artistic expressions, she brings her skills to the team in matters of historical research and writing editorial content.
Dovinia is a fervent traveler and her appetite for discovering new cultures has led her far and wide, from Tahiti, where she lived for ten years, to South-East Asia, and back to Europe, where she spent two full years studying Italian Art in Rome and Florence.
Dominique Fornage comes from Switzerland. At the age of 20, he discovered the world of fine wines in which he showed immediate interest with the help of the best local experts who told him all you need to know about wine tasting.
In 1983 he opened the first vinothèque, in the Canton of Valais, Vinothèque Nobilis. Three years later he was launching the first Wine Competition of the Valais canton, which is the only official contest today.
Dominique Fornage has sat on a number of national and international panels of judges. He also leads masterclasses on wine and wine tasting in several government schools. As an expert, his preference goes to the finest regional wines throughout the world, from the French motherland to Argentina. Today his exclusive wine masterclasses are famous throughout the whole of Europe.