Ben entered the world of rare and fine wine in 1993. He has played a vital role in the successful growth of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. since its inception and is currently acting as Senior Vice President and Senior Consignment Advisor. His insight into various facets of the wine market has assisted in cultivating relationships with important collectors around the world. Blessed with boundless energy and a refined palate, Ben is extremely knowledgeable with Bordeaux, having had extensive experience tasting the classics of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Ben first held the gavel at age 25 making him one of the youngest fine wine auctioneers of his time. Having now overseen well over 250 commercial auctions, Ben has developed a personable style that has earned him praise as one of the industry’s leading fine wine auctioneers.
Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. is the #1 wine auction house in the U.S. and a leading online retailer, occupying a unique position in the rare wine market. HDH provides unrivaled expertise and personalized service to collectors and the wine trade, offering a broad range of options for buying and selling wine. The company was founded in October 2004 by a team of the most experienced professionals in the wine industry and quickly became a trusted source for rare wine. Today, HDH is helmed by Paul Hart (Chairman & CEO), and Ben Nelson (President). Paul began his career at Christie’s Wine Department and held executive positions at Davis & Company and Sotheby’s. Hart Davis Hart’s dedication to innovation has made the firm the industry leader in terms of technology, service, and expertise.