André Tamers was born in Venezuela but grew up mostly between France and the U.S and spent some years living in Spain before starting De Maison Imports in 1993.
When he returned stateside, he chose to make his home in North Carolina after driving up and down the coast with his wife, and deciding that this was where they should raise their family.
Why North Carolina?
André and his wife really liked the pace and the culture of North Carolina and saw an opportunity to build their business here and for growth in the market for European wines. Over the years, they have enjoyed seeing the gastronomic and wine scene develop in NC. By importing and sharing wines from the European producers they are passionate about, they have gotten to be a part of this.
De Maison Selections
After moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, André slowly assembled the now nationally celebrated portfolio,De Maison Selections, from the little-known producers that he discovered during his earlier travels. He travels back to Spain and France five to six times a year to maintain relationships with his producers and to seek out new partnerships or projects, and comes to Charlotte about once a year, to participate in events with Foxcroft.