Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen, Founder of Wine Insite, a wine distributor based in Atlanta, GA. Lisa started in the wine business through fellow Emory University alum who was opening a wine bar and that's when the wine-bug bit. She pursued an entrepreneurial path after returning from a trip to South Africa and founded her first company in 2005, Big Boat Wine Co. For almost a decade, she built it into a leading fine wine wholesaler with a portfolio focused on family-owned estates from the world's best wine growing regions. The success brought a buyer that resulted in a merger with Savannah Distributing where she pivoted the role of Fine Wine Director for the primarily craft beer and spirits company. In 2016, Ms. Allen was recruited by Young's Market Company onto a national stage and tapped to manage sales for Trinchero Family Estates in California. Three years and 6MM cases later, she wanted to build something again and pursued the opportunity as the first General Manager for Sonoma-based, Coursey Graves Wine.