Meet our current team below and meet our staff from 1996-2017.
David continues to juggle his parallel careers in Wine and Music. Pop Record Producer in the 80s, Composer for film, tv and commercials in the 90s, David liked The Winery so much, he bought the shop in 1996. He has also released new CDs in Electronica and Classical genres. Find out more on David’s Music site: www.davidmotion.com
Travelling extensively searching for new wines, he also regularly appears in interviews talking about New Wave German Wines, Biodynamic Wine and the Lunar Calendar http://www.youtube.com/thewineryuk. David was asked to write a piece for the 2013 edition of “When Wine Tastes Best”, the Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers. He is an occasional contributor to Noble Rot Magazine, including an explanatory piece about Noble Rot and a gently controversial piece about Red Wine With Fish – The Dark Art Of Food And Wine Matching.
David was delighted to receive an award from The Riesling Fellowship (English) (German) more…(English) (German) and excited to be asked to speak at the Fellowship in January 2015.
He was also busy with a website of his father’s art: www.davidcfreeman.co.uk
Ben is from Mont Ventoux, where the Rhone meets Provence and the locals have guns. As a child he and a friend were shot at by a neighbour who spotted them in his fruit trees. Ben’s Mum was livid. Less so with Ben than the redneck neighbour. After a spell in Paris, Ben moved to London in 2007 and has been working at The Winery since 2010. His bike with no brakes has gone, replaced by the equivalent of a wide armchair with wheels. So now it’s a combination of bike and tube from Hipster Central: Dalston. Ben also enjoys travel. Visits to the south of France (where his family lives) are peppered with trips to Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Sydney and Whitstable (although that may have been a one-off).
Customer turned staff member, Natalie was brought up in Cape Town, South Africa. She got into wine following a couple of years at SAWIS, the body responsible for South Africa’s Wine of Origin system, based in Paarl. She tired of the continuous sunshine and moved to London ten years ago. She also tired of meat and dairy and has been a practicing vegan (with the odd, extremely rare lapse) as long as we have known her. We share Natalie with TfL (there is no point complaining to her about tubes or taxis) and her own wine events business.
Julien seems to have three very clear interests; food, politics and (most importantly for us) wine. He was born in Tours in the Loire valley, went to university in Bordeaux to study history, then journalism. He moved to Paris where he worked as a Radio journalist by day and the bar scene by night. A chance move brought him to London in 2005 to work as a financial journalist. Having changed cities, he also decided to switch careers and worked in some Michelin-starred kitchens in the West End before gently segueing into wine.