Simply Spanish Wine
Simply Spanish Wine is the brainchild of Matthew Desoutter and Ben Giddings. Operating as a registered brand owned by Desoutter & James SL, Simply Spanish Wine aims to connect expats living in Spain with the amazing selection of wines that Spain has to offer.
On the one hand, it’s a learning resource. Through a series of articles, videos and more, Simply Spanish Wine aims to simplify the world of wine and help its followers gain a better understanding of Spain's wine sector so they can make more informed choices about which wines to buy and enjoy.
But Simply Spanish Wine also offers a small, carefully curated list of wines for sale which represent the different styles and regions discussed in our learning resources, and which give expats in Spain access to affordable, high-quality wines produced by small, family run vineyards across Spain.
In 2016, Matthew decided to leave the embassy and dedicate himself full-time to the wine world. Combining his network of contacts in Spain, his knowledge of the bilateral trade environment, and his wine qualifications, Matthew set up Desoutter & James SL to export wine to the UK, particularly distributors to the UK on-trade.
Simply Spanish Wine is an extension of that project, focused on bringing the best of Spanish wine to expat residents in Spain. Here Matthew spends his time hunting down great value, craft wines from small producers across Spain, and helping those who call Spain their second home to understand and enjoy a broader range of excellent Spanish wines.
Ben has spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of websites, ecommerce and communications. Over that time, he has built up an in-depth knowledge of both online and offline marketing and communications, as well as a geek-like fascination with audience targeting and analytics.
He has been passionate about wine since his 18th birthday when he was given a bottle of St Émilion as a present and began to realise wine could be much more than just a drink to go with Sunday lunch.
But it wasn’t until he arrived in Spain nearly 20 years ago that he discovered the enormous variety of styles that could be found within a bottle – and the exceptional value for money that Spanish wine represented. Since then, he has spent his free time travelling and tasting his way around Spain.
Ben and Matthew met at the embassy and when Matthew left to launch Desoutter & James, Ben acted as his adviser on all things digital. He is now dedicated full-time to Simply Spanish Wine where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s digital presence and its marketing strategy – as well as helping to share his knowledge of Spanish wine in an accessible and easy-to-understand way.
Watch our introductory video