Berkmann Wine Cellars has appointed Emma Dawson MW as senior wine buyer.

Dawson completed her Master of Wine qualification in March 2017, making her one of only 131 female Masters of Wine in the world.

She has worked with Marks & Spencer for nine years in several buying roles and within Sainsbury’s wine department before that.

As a senior wine buyer at Berkmann, Dawson will be responsible for regional France (including Bordeaux, Loire, Alsace and Jura), South and Central America, as well as premium producers from Southern Italy.

She has a specialist knowledge of emerging regions, which she will use to develop the Berkmann portfolio further into areas such as the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia.

She said: “I am looking forward to becoming part of the continuing transformation at Berkmann that has seen it double in turnover in the past five years. The strong ethos of quality and value sets this company apart from its competitors. With our strengthened buying team, I am sure there will be plenty more we can deliver in the coming years.”

Dawson joins fellow Master of Wine Alex Hunt, who joined in 2006 as purchasing director.

So far this year Berkmann has added Provence rose producer Chateau Minuty and Italian producer Umani Ronchi. In addition the company has appointed Guillem Kerambrun as director of fine wine and private clients.