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There is Life in the Old Boy Yet

Published:  23 July, 2008

Berkmann is Back - with a vengeance. Just when we thought he might be ready to throw in the towel, he is out there snapping up agencies, doubling his sales force and making waves. Lisa Barnard speaks to Joseph Berkmann about his technicolour wine business.

It would be a reaonsable assumption to expect Joseph Berkmann, soon to clock up his seventh decade, to begin unwind and adapt to a relaxed, slower pace in life. Far from it. At Vinitaly in 1998, triumphant after winning the agency for Marchesi Antinori, he said with a wicked glint in his eye:"there is life in the old boy yet..."