Our Team

Discover the men and women who make Raisin happen, who are there to ensure our data is as pertinent as possible in each country, both for the winemakers and places we reference.

Jean-Hugues Bretin

He didn’t drink wine. In 2010, a friend came to dinner with a bottle of P’tit Blanc du Tue-boeuf by Thierry Puzelat: a revelation! Since then, he reads, lives, drinks, and thinks natural wine. On the internet since 1999, Jean-Hugues created sites as an HTML developer before becoming a search engine optimizer. Raisin is as much a professional project as an effort to defend a certain worldview. Bring on the change!

Nathalie Alves

She was responsible for the launch of On Boit Quoi Ce Soir ? She was also present for the creation of Raisin. No one really knows what we would have done, nor even if these projects could have existed, without her. Consultant, advisor, and editor, her hats and skills are many; and that’s exactly what a young app needs.

Cédric Blatrie

Cedric doesn’t come from the world of wine but wine has been his passion for over ten years. Paradoxically, it was his sommelier training which triggered his interest in natural wines. He discovered that the teaching was far from adapted: one learns about chemistry, pesticides, etc. So he went in search of “clean" winemakers to train him, then decided to create a wine club in Lausanne. Ever since, he has been visitng wine celllars, restaurants and natural winemakers, both close to home and further afield, for his own pleasure but also to share his discoveries. It became obvious to him that he should help Raisin, to help as many people as possible to enjoy natural wines.

Natalie Swimmer

Natalie is new to the world of wine, but sure of her passion for its natural side. With a background in communications, spreading her love for the authentic and creative quality of natural wine is what she aims to do, and what better way than joining the Raisin team!
As an American in Paris currently part of the Wine & Management programme at Le Cordon Bleu, Natalie appreciates wine from all cultures and is enjoying learning about the different viticultural regions in France. During her studies, she has worked in natural wine caves around Paris, which has inspired her to discover wines with deep attachments to their origins and a lot of personality!

Christophe Fustinoni

Born between Mondeuse and Syrah, it’s finally in a cellar in Provence that it all started, before a “supernatural" encounter with bottles of Podere Pradarolo in 2010 that totally changed his approach. Since then, between France and Italy, he searches for new bottles and living produce, epicurean addresses and good times with anyone willing to share a glass of natural wine.

Nicolas Demarty

A photographer, and a market research director, he is always the one asked to taste the wine at the restaurant. A few years back, a neighbour of his gave him a bottle from Dard & Ribo as a present: it was a revelation that led him to investigate on the natural wine milieu. Since that time, his oenologic alias, Nico Wino, has been lashing out on Raisin and social networks to share his discoveries. His motivation? He won’t stop until he tried them all!
With many tastings behind him, Nicolas created Maison Wino in 2017, the mission of which is to promote the work of natural winemakers to the general public as well as the corporate world.

Florian Ehn

During his studies in archaeology, Florian discovered his love for wine, which eventually led him to investigate the sources and remains of Roman viticulture and winemaking in the German-speaking countries through his master thesis. His growing passion for real food and wine then brought him to the Slow Food driven University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piedmont, where he not only deeper encountered natural wines but also wrote his final thesis on amphora wines, back then the first thorough scientific approach to this type of winemaking. After several internships in Europe and NY, he started his own importing company Unchained Selections in 2014, since then bringing in some of the finest natural wines and pure junmai sake in Austria.

Makiko Shibata

This natural wine adventure took off at a PNG tasting, with a wine by Thierry Puzelat. For Makiko, it was the story behind the taste that was so inspiring, with a philosophy that lives by respect for the environment and passion for natural wine. Makiko was born in Japan, and only planned to stay in France for a 6 month trip. 26 years later, this passionate sommelier has doubled and flourished as a Shiatsu specialist. Makiko is also responsibile for doing the app’s translations in her native language!

Elana Amprimo and Fulvio De Marchi

It all started at the “Trattoria La Baritlera,” where Fulvio spent 9 years working in Chinanocco (Turin). It was there that he discovered natural wine alongside the managers of the restaurant, and helped make the wine list 100% natural. Then, he met Elena…and from there, it didn’t take much convincing! The two traveled from French vineyard to Italian vineyard without stopping – from the Binner’s to the Milan’s, and many more in between. It is crazy what passion makes you do 😉 They have largely contributed to improving our Italian map of establishments with the help of Christophe. As perspicacity is a shared value at Raisin, it did not take you long to figure out they are also officially our first Raisin couple: high five!

David Neilson

David spends his time between projects in San Francisco and Alsace,
where the family has a small vineyard outside the back door. The big
introduction to wine happened living in Edinburgh where there was a “
knee deep in claret” culture, with an appreciation for the thinner
types of Bordeaux wines. He fell into the natural wine bath living in
Alsace, through the fascinating cuvées of Patrick Meyer, Christian
Binner and Jean-Pierre Frick. Now well connected with the natural wine
communities in Alsace, the Pays Basque and Northern California, he
sees natural wine as a delicious disrupter to the better parts of the
contemporary wine sector. His love of wine is driven by the attitude and
respect of the land (and the planet) by the many natural wine vigneron(ne)s he has got to know.


Alex Chapman

Born in Toronto, Canada, Alex’s love of wine developed over numerous trips to continental Europe. During these travels he discovered a taste for natural wine. However, it was not until moving to Paris’ 11th arrondissement was he able to truly indulge this appetite. Drawn to the huge variations that can be found in natural wine, he loves that the personality of the wine-maker is reflected in their products, and is always looking to discover the story and character of the vigneron. Loves to discover and pair his favourite natural wines with 90’s hip-hop, cheese and good friends.


Boris Quennehen

As an atmospheric scientist, Boris had his head in the clouds and used to drink wine without caring much about it, until a diner in a restaurant where he found a 100% natural wine menu and a very persuasive team: the virus has been inoculated. A documentary about Alexandre Bain ends to convince him that a good wine is natural… and that the label is not that important! Since then, he explores wine regions by foot, by bike, or more often with his glass but never without his favorite compass, Raisin.


But Raisin is also and most importantly you, our users. Your messages received daily, sharing your enthusiasm or keeping us in tune with the latest openings, modifications or closures world-wide are essential to make this app great! So keep writing to place@raisin.digital whenever you think necessary, that’s how we stay up-to-date!

If you want to join the team, write to us explaining what you can bring to the project  contact@raisin.digital