English Wine Profiles

Corinne Seely (Wine Director) and Fred Langdale (Vineyard Director) Exton Park

Corinne Seely (Wine Director) and Fred Langdale (Vineyard Director) Exton Park

  Philosophy- The secret to perfection is patience  We believe there is only one way to make world class sparkling wine in the UK.  Our Reserve Blends are crafted, almost exclusively, from a library of wines curated, stored and aged over the past decade. Our winemaker composes our blends from a huge variety of flavours captured from our 60 acre vineyard each year.  This completely unique approach sets a new standard for contemporary winemaking. We guarantee excellence in every sip across each wine, year-after-year.  We are, and always will be, a single vineyard producer offering a level of quality, consistency...

Alex Hurley, Wine Maker London CRU

Alex Hurley, Wine Maker London CRU

Alex originally started out as a Geologist working throughout Eastern Australia and Asia. After 7 years, the passion for wine took over and he changed careers. Alex went back to University and completed a Masters in Viticulture and Enology at the Vinifera EuroMasters in Montpellier SupAgro, Bordaux Sciences Agro and Turin University. He has worked in many Wineries on his journey to London Cru. These have included the Bellarine Peninsula with Lethbridge Wines, Australia. GD Vajra in Barolo, Italy. Le Grappin in Beaune, Burgundy and finally Gusbourne based in Kent. For the last two and a half years Alex has...

Fergus Elias, wine maker Balfour Winery Hushheath Estate

Fergus Elias, wine maker  Balfour Winery Hushheath Estate

Head Winemaker for Balfour Winery at the Hush Heath Estate, Fergus Elias (Ferg)’s passion for English winemaking is in his blood. Growing up around his father Owen’s own illustrious winemaking career, Ferg spent his childhood days on the land at Chapel Down surrounded by disgorging lines, bottling and fascinatedly watched as fruit was transformed from vine to wine.  Despite a brief foray into ancient history, with visions of pursuing a career in law, after graduating from the University of Liverpool, Ferg found his way back to his Kentish - and winemaking roots, joining the Balfour Winery in 2014. Thankfully, where...

Christian Seely owner of Coates and Seely

Christian Seely  owner of Coates and Seely

  Born in 1960, Christian Seely was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College Cambridge where he took an M.A. in English in 1982. He subsequently obtained an MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau in 1987.He has spent most of his professional career managing vineyards and making wine in Portugal, France and elsewhere.Since 2001 Christian Seely has been Managing Director of the AXA Millésimes group of vineyards, whose head office is based in Château Pichon Baron.Besides this prestigious Pauillac Grand Cru Classé, Château Pichon Baron, Christian Seely is responsible for looking after Château Pibran in Pauillac, Château Suduiraut in Sauternes, as well...

Nicholas Coates owner of Coates and Seely

Nicholas Coates owner of Coates and Seely

Nicholas Coates left a successful 25 year career in investment banking in 2007, aged 47, in search of a second career and a better way of life. Surrounded by chalk slopes around his home in North Hampshire, he decided, in 2009, with his old friend Christian Seely (who he met during their MBA degree at INSEAD, Fontainebleau in 1987), to plant vines and to establish a winery in the North Hampshire Downs, just a stone’s throw from his home. Convinced that the cool climate and ‘Champagne’ soils of southern England are capable of making world class sparkling wines, the two set...