Who We Are

Founded in 1999, Summergate is a major player in the Greater China drinks market whose purpose is ‘creating better experiences together’. 

In 2014, Australian retail giant Woolworths Group (Woolworths Ltd) acquired Summergate Fine Wines & Spirits. With the support from Australia’s retail giant, the Summergate’s businesses have entered into a bigger scale. We do this through our network of 11 regional offices across the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau to connect the incredible world of drinks with our customers who operate hotels, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, convenience outlets and online players to reach consumers across Greater China. We share the world of drinks by partnering with internationally renowned brands in the drinks category. From wine, spirits and beverages, Summergate partner with some of the most reputable and high quality brands in the market. In fact we exclusively represent almost 74 brands to our customers across Greater China. 

Rose ScottChief Executive Officer

Rose has been leading the Summergate business based in Shanghai, China since October, 2016. Rose initially joined the Endeavour Drinks Group (parent company of Summergate Fine Wines) in 2013 and held a number of Executive positions throughout her time in the Buying, Merchandising, and Category Development functions.

Rose is a highly experienced sales and marketing leader, having spent some twenty years working in the global alcohol beverage industry. Prior to joining Endeavour Drinks Group her career included senior roles in Southcorp Wines, Foster’s, and McWilliam’s Wines.

Rose has extensive experience in the management of a number of significant international wine brands across the globe and is energised about the changing nature of the Chinese drinks market and the opportunity Summergate presents to lead the market.

Ian FordCo-Founder

Ian was born and raised in New York City, one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic cities. He attended Duke University, graduating with a BA in History, focused primarily on modern China, with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese. Ian moved permanently to China in 1995 to take up a career in the wines and spirits business with Seagram, based in Beijing. In 1999 Ian co-founded Summergate, with the goal in mind of leading the China market for imported wines and more over the coming decades.

Ian maintains a close relationship with the Summergate business providing invaluable input on the complexities of the Chinese market, the wine industry and conducting business in China.

Brendan O’TooleCo-Founder

Brendan was born and raised in New Zealand but spent more than 25 years working in the UK, Scandinavia, Northern Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Brendan’s work experience has been rich and varied spanning many industries and job roles. Prior to starting Summergate with Ian Ford in 1999, Brendan had spent several years working as a management consultant for the internationally prominent Boston Consulting Group (BCG), including two years of strategy work based in China working in the wines and spirits sector.