English Wine Profiles — coates and seely

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...