Graham Chidgey joined the London Wine Trade in 1953 and began by working in cellars treating and bottling Bordeaux, Burgundy, Port and Sherry. At that time all these wines were bottled in London by importing merchants. Following that period Graham then moved to work in the cellars and vineyards of Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
In 1965 he took over a small London merchant LAYTONS which he sold in 1997. During those 32 years LAYTONS not only covered the classic French wines but were innovative in their sales by introducing Bordeaux sales " en primeur", Domaine bottled Burgundies. Laying down Vintage Champagne for Late Degorgement and the introduction of Brunello and Piedmont wines to a wider audience.
Following the sale of Laytons Graham moved to Tuscany where he began helping to extend the sales possibilities for Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Piedmont.
In 1999 he founded a Winemakers Club with funds to finance the ageing of Brunello di Montalcino.