Welcome to Master Wines

Master Wines is a family wine company owned and operated by Mel, Charlie and Janie Master in partnership with Winesellers Ltd., a national importing company based in Chicago. Their highly successful brands include Tortoise Creek from California, Le Charmel, Exem and Mont Gravet from France and Tiamo from Italy.

Tortoise Creek Wines

Tortoise Creek


Tortoise Creek is a very fine range of varietal wines from California, with an emphasis on sustainable farming.


Le Charmel

Le Charmel


Le Charmel is a new line of exceptional wine finds from different parts of France, including a Red Rhone, a Muscadet sur lie and a Cote de Provence rose.


Tiamo Wines



Tiamo is a line of excellent moderately priced Italian wines made from organic grapes. They all represent top quality wines from the best growers in their respective regions.



Exem Bordeaux


The concept of Exem is to provide the consumer with an uncomplicated and “non-threatening” avenue to discover the joys of fine Bordeaux.


Mont Gravet

Mont Gravet


Mont Gravet comes from vineyards located in the Gascony region, near the city of Toulouse in the South West of France. The climate combines the Oceanic and Mediterranean influences, which brings enough sun and humidity to grow rich, concentrated and ripe grapes.

Mel & Janie Master

Melvyn & Janie MasterMel and Janie are from England but both now US citizens. Mel has been in the wine business ever since leaving school and he met Janie when they were only twelve and thirteen (she played the piano and he played the guitar!) and as they grew up together, they shared a passion for food and wine. They married at 19 and 20.

The couple left England to live in France in 1970 and started a company called Master Wines and began selling little known French wines in the USA. Mel was a pioneer in bringing great wine values to the USA from France.

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Charles Master

Charles MasterCharles Master owned and operated Brix Wine Bar in Cherry Creek, Colorado after being the Catering Manager at The Caribou Club in Aspen. He also helped create the wines of Les Jamelles with Mel & Janie, lived in France and traveled the world to assist in selling their wine. He spent 4 years in Margaux working at Château Prieuré-Lichine, following in his fathers’ footsteps. Now the family stays close through the love and passion they put into each bottle of Tortoise Creek and Tiamo.

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Winesellers, Ltd.

winesellers_logo_300Winesellers is a national importing company based in Chicago. The Sager family who own Winesellers have been close family friends with the Master family for the last forty years. Today, the company is run by Yale and his two sons, Adam and Jordan and is one of the leading national importing and marketing companies in the USA.  Masterwines and Winesellers are equal partners in Tortoise Creek, Tiamo, Exem and Mont Gravet.

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Latest From the “Through the Grapevine” Blog


It's challenging to write “just a few words” about probably the most important wine region in the world! Many books have been written on this great wine and so - how to précis this into a few sentences? Well, just a few basics then! The history of Bordeaux wine spans...

Sustainable Farming

Our Tortoise Creek Chardonnay (read Janie's Grapevine post about Chardonnay and Asparagus), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel are from a certified sustainably farmed vineyard . But what does that mean? Sustainable farming is similar to organic farming but...

Asparagus & Chardonnay

Asparagus is such a true herald of spring.  The spears of this fairy fern brave the last of the winter onslaught to bring us dreams of renewal.  We love them hot, we love them cold.  We dunk green stems in warm butter with a squeeze of lemon or in wickedly rich...