Staff

Meet our current team below and meet our staff from 1996-2020.

David Motion

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
david@thewineryuk.com

David Smith

David’s career path could not be easily predicted, from RSPCA Inspector after leaving school (he has been a vegetarian ever since) to a decade and a half working in Insurance. In 1997 he changed direction and enrolled at Leith’s School of Food & Wine. Since graduating he has, with his wife Kathy, run a catering business, a Bed & Breakfast in Crete and a Café in Stoke Poges (winning best bacon sandwich accolades locally – somewhat ironic for a confirmed vegetarian). Armed with Diplomas from Leith’s and WSET, and stints managing Nicolas shops in Twickenham and Mayfair – wine has never been far away.
davidsmith@thewineryuk.com

Sinem Vurkaya

Is there a connection between petrochemicals and wine? If there is, you would be sure to find Sinem where they meet.
Sinem came from Turkey to London via Prague with a degree in Chemical Process Engineering. Among other things, she knows about Biomass and Coal Gasification, Kinetic Modelling of Hydrocracking of Heavy Oils, has researched how to produce biofuel from sewage and applied for a patent. She continues to consult on renewable energy waste treatment, upcycling and sustainability.
So how did she get into wine? Her father worked in a hotel and would occasionally bring home a bottle of wine or champagne. Did that have anything to do with it? Not necessarily – although that couldn’t have hurt. It wasn’t until she was working part time in a café in London that she suddenly got the wine bug, thanks to some staff training about Chilean reds. Her scientific curiosity was piqued and her journey since has been swift and effective. WSET levels were quickly attained, trips were made, stints at Planet of the Grapes and Fox in the City followed and here she is at The Winery.
sinem@thewineryuk.com

Eva Papastratis

Montreal, Athens, Munich, Oxford, Dijon, London. Eva’s trajectory is fuelled by curiosity. Armed with WSET qualifications and a spell in Dijon, Eva joins us from the world of publishing where she worked in a literary agency.
eva@thewineryuk.com

Natalie Davids

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 12 years ago. She also tired of meat and dairy and has been a practicing vegan (with the odd “flexitarian” excursion) 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 businesses (wine events and South African imports).
Natalie has phased herself back onto The Winery rota having had months of intensive physio and rehab following a skiing accident.
natalie@thewineryuk.com

Giacomo Eskenazi

Deja-vu? No, Giacomo is back with us for a few months, seven or so years since he headed off to do stages in California, Chile, Bordeaux and a spell in the wine department at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. He has also been working on an intriguing Tech project.
giacomo@thewineryuk.com