Who We Are

Founded in 1999, Summergate is a major player in the Greater China drinks market. Through 11 registered offices across Mainland China, and 2 affiliated offices in Hong Kong & Macau, Summergate works directly with several contracted retail buyers and downstream distributors.

Summergate hand picks its internationally renowned brands based on their reputation for and commitment to quality. We exclusively represent brands from over 12 of the world’s leading drinks producing countries and wineries.

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.