Clive initially entered a career in hotel management before branching off into restaurants and wine bars. Between 1983 and 1986 Clive jointly ran the award winning and famous Hoult’s Wine Bar in South London, as well as running the adjoining wholesale wine warehouse for two years. During this time Clive developed his love for wine and studied at the British Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Clive holds the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirit and is an Associate member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits (AIWS) before its demise..
Since settling in Australia in 1989 Clive has continued to study and teach wine first at East Sydney College and now at Ryde College, Sydney. He's found time to pick up a Diploma in Teaching and Degree in Education as well has visiting all the major wine regions within Australia. He has travelled extensively overseas and has visited wineries in New Zealand, USA, Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Portugal, and of course France.
Clive is available as a wine consultant to wine companies, restaurants and retail wine stores and has experie0nce in importing wines into Australia from France and Italy. He currently writes a regular 'wine tutor' column for Winestate Magazine and has appeared as a guest on the Food in Focus program on 89.7 Eastside FM radio as well as 2GB.
Clive is an Honorary Life member of the Australian Sommeliers Association and also a Honrary Life Member of Wine Communicators Australia, formally the NSW Wine Press Club. Both awarded to him for services to the industry. Clive has completed a number of projects and consulted to government bodies on wine related curriculum for Australia.
In 2008 Clive established the Sydney Wine Academy at Ryde College which now delivers courses from the UK's Wine and Spirit Education Trust internationally recognised and established in over 50 countries world-wide. The academy delivers wine courses and corporate training around Australia. In 2010 he was instrumental in re-introducing the prestigious WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits to Australia. In 2011 the Academy was award the Riedel Trophy for International Wine Educator of the Year.
In 2015 Clive introduced the French Wine Scholar programs to Australia organised by the French Wine Society..
This was followed by the Academy offering the Italian Wine Scholar. Clive is accredited to teach on both courses having obtain the Highest Honors in both examinations.
In 2017 Clive became the only lecturer in Australia qualified to teach Greek Wines after and introduced the World of Greek Wine Program to Australia.
In the same year Clive won the NSW Legend of the Vine Award bestowed by the Wine Communicators Australia. "the Legend of the Vine Award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian Wine Industry and Clive Hartley is incredibly deserving of this honour" Angus Barnes National Chair, Wine Communicators Australia.
In 2019 he was asked to become a wine industry mentor to young communicators.