About Screw Top Imports
Screw Top was founded by brothers-in-law, Mark Lightfoot and Joe Bernard. As in any great partnership they have distinct and separate skill sets but share a passion for great food and drink.
Mark is from Western Australia and is definitely the "wine guy" of the business. He has an excellent palate and a great memory but more importantly, he has enjoyed these wines his whole life. He has done numerous vintages in several cool climate regions getting his hands dirty from the Limestone Coast to Adelaide Hills and Yarra Valley in addition to his favorites, the Great Southern and Margaret River. Mark also spent ten years in London as a sommelier in the high-end restaurants of some of the best chefs of the day, Marco Pierre White and Antony Worrel Thompson. Unable to understand the wines available in the U.S. he and Joe started Screw Top Imports in 2014 importing wines from his favorite regions, Margaret River and the Great Southern. In 2015 they expanded to the Limestone Coast and look forward to more on the way.
Like it or not, Joe is the "business guy". With 17 years of experience in branding and design Joe started his own agency, Catapult! Promotions & Design in 2005. Packaging design, brand identity design, promotions and event planning are his tools of the trade that will now be applied to these great wines. The biggest lesson learned in developing brands is that a great product is the key to a great brand and the product of cool climate Australia is world class.