English Wine Profiles

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...

Bob and Annie Lindo founders of Camel Valley

Bob and Annie Lindo founders of Camel Valley

When ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie planted their first eight thousand vines in 1989, they never dreamed of the phenomenal success they would achieve within 2 decades. They had bought their farm in the heart of the Cornish countryside several years earlier, seeking a change from service life and the perfect place to bring up their young family, and initially farmed sheep and cattle. Each summer they watched the grass turn brown on the sun-drenched slopes of the Camel Valley, and wondered if vines might enjoy such an aspect.  Bob 'did a vintage' in Germany and both...

James Lambert MD and head winemaker Lyme Bay

James Lambert MD and head winemaker Lyme Bay

  James Lambert, managing director and head winemaker, Lyme Bay Winery , winemaking career found him at a young age, and as he say's 'quite by accident! I was working part time at Broadland Drinks while I was at university and ended up ditching my degree for a trainee management job. While there I found myself in the wine labs testing 20 to 30 wines per day, and I was enrolled onto a wine appreciation course, led by Frank Leatherdale. It was Frank’s knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for wine which clarified my career path. This was quickly followed by my...

Josh Donnaghay-Spire Wine Maker at Chapel Down

Josh Donnaghay-Spire Wine Maker at Chapel Down

Working in wine production in England at the moment is a hugely exciting place to be. Viticultural regions are only born once and it doesn’t happen very often so to find oneself in the right place at the right time feels very lucky indeed. My career with Chapel Down started as Assistant Winemaker at the beginning of 2010 and I was fortunately promoted to Winemaker at the end of 2013. Since I started with Chapel Down the changes we’ve implemented have been gradual but important. We introduced the use of malolactic fermentation in order to better manage the naturally high...