Exton Park Vineyard

About us

Malcolm Isaac MBE, Founder

malcolm_isaacLocal businessman and countryman Malcolm Isaac bought Exton Park in 2009, having just sold Vitacress – a company he had created initially to supply watercress to supermarkets, and which he then developed into Europe’s leading producer of fresh bagged salads  and cress to multiple retailers.

A man with drive and vision, he knew that the local chalk uplands of the Meon Valley were very special indeed. Exton Park could realise his ambition to produce some of the very best sparkling wine in England. And thus he invested – not only in the land, but also in the winery, cellar rooms and the team.

We can only make the best wine from the best grapes, so we will invest whatever is necessary to achieve this. We intend to have all the facilities we need on this wonderful site to make, market and promote our wines. Plans are already in hand for the next stage.” 


Fred Langdale, Vineyard Director

Fred Langdale

Fred first worked with vines in 2001 at Peregrine Valley, Central Otago, New Zealand, and on returning to the UK, studied viticulture at Plumpton College, while at the same time working for Davenport vineyards, learning to understand organic viticulture.

In 2005 he worked for a year in South Africa at Le Avenir, a 55 hectare vineyard in Stellenbosch. On his return, he decided to concentrate on cool climate sparkling wine-growing, and supervised one of Nyetimber’s 32 hectare plots.  In 2008 he moved to Exton Park and has been managing the vineyard ever since, supervising the last three plantings, and assessing the success of different rootstocks on various terroirs and varieties.

“The vineyard speaks for itself – it’s a viticulturist’s dream. I find it fascinating, and rewarding, to have such a range of different sites and terroirs all in one vineyard, and all with a unique character. With Malcolm’s support and investment, we are able to experiment and develop the very best from each parcel of vines.  This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever worked in.”


Corinne Seely, Director & Head Winemaker

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Corinne’s winemaking career began in Bordeaux with Chatea Lynch Bages and Domaine de Chevalier and, since then, has flourished in Australia, the Languedoc, the Douro, and now England. At Exton Park, her skill in producing elegant sparkling wines with character and finesse is very evident, and her philosophy of creating non-vintage wines to suit the English climate is widely respected.

I have a real passion for terroir, and how to express its true potential.  At Exton Park we have something extremely special” she says.


Kit Ellen, Director and Head of Sales & Marketing

kit-websiteKit started his career with three years at Majestic Wine, working in Oxford and the Home Counties.  While there he achieved a distinction in the WSET Level 3 Award, and won the Gonzalez Byass Scholarship; leading on to the Level 4 Diploma.

In 2014 he moved to the wine agent and distributor Free Run Wines, as the Sales & Marketing Manager looking after a number of key multiple retailer accounts, as well as wholesalers and independent wine merchants. This specialism in supplying Champagne, Prosecco and Cava to the UK market revealed an obvious career path for Kit into the exciting world of English Sparkling Wine.

“Exton Park Vineyard is a truly special place – we have a unique terroir here and an extremely talented vineyard and winemaking team who have a thorough understanding of the land. The growing excitement, knowledge and demand for English Sparkling Wine in the UK and abroad, makes this an incredible time to be a part of the Exton Park team.”


Ben Adams, Vineyard Manager

Ben’s first experience of working in wine production came at EARL Les Clos Perdus in France’s Languedoc-Roussilion. He worked there part-time whilst studying Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College, before ultimately becoming a director with the domaine for the following 5 years. His focus was on both winemaking and managing 16ha of organic vineyards, across distinctly different sub regions.

Ben returned to England for the 2017 vintage, gaining vital experience in the winery and vineyard at Langham Estate, Dorset. He joined the Exton Park team in early 2018, returning to his Hampshire roots, and being attracted to Exton by the quality of the site and the extent of the brand’s ambition.


 

Zsofia Hobor, Winemaker

Zsofia grew up in a winemaking family in rural Hungary, where she first discovered her passion for wine production. Having gained a deep and thorough understanding of the winemaking process through vintages in the Napa Valley, Portugal, and Australia, Zsofia came to the UK in 2008 to explore her passion for cool climate sparkling wine production.

After ten years working in the English wine industry, with Nyetimber and Hush Heath, Zsofia joined Exton Park in August 2019 as a core member of our winemaking team, supporting Corinne in every element of the winery operation.

 

 


Lindsey Emberley, HR & Administration Manager

Lindsey joined Exton Park in 2016 on a part time basis and has since become a full time member of our growing team. She is fundamental to the day-to-day running of the business. In her role as HR & Administration Manager, she has a broad remit covering everything from business administration, UK and Export order preparation, HR, and generally looking after the wellbeing of the team.

Lindsey started the CIPD Diploma in HR Practice in 2019, which she is on track to complete in early 2020.

 


 

Karl McCulloch, UK Brand Ambassador

Karl started is career in Hampshire, where he began a three-year spell working for a small independent wine merchant. This led to a move to the esteemed Direct Wines, where he developed his knowledge and experience in a very focused private-client sales position.

After three years, Karl leapt at a rare opportunity to join the Direct Wines buying team, allowing him to develop his commercial acumen, study for his WSET Diploma and unearth wine gems from around Europe. His buying responsibilities included English Sparkling Wine, providing him with a unique insight into this burgeoning industry. Karl joined Exton Park in October 2019, working closely with Kit to develop new business and support our existing customers.

 


 

Lewis Whitfield, Assistant Winemaker

Lewis WhitfieldLewis’ wine journey started in 2014 when he flew to New Zealand to work a vintage with one of the leading kiwi producers, Marisco. After a few months there, he returned to the UK and joined the team at Exton Park Vineyard. A job which started out as a three month harvest position led to his current role as the Assistant Winemaker. Lewis supports Corinne and Zsofia, covering multiple roles in the winery. He also enjoys developing his skillset by helping out in the vineyard and at events.

 

 

 


 

Debbie Buckley, Vineyard Assistant

Debbie’s first foray into viticulture came when she undertook work experience at one of the most northerly vineyards in the UK, in East Yorkshire. Since joining Exton Park in June 2018, she has worked mainly in the vineyard, but enjoys gaining experience in other areas of the business including the winery, labelling, and helping out at events.

Debbie’s time is split between Exton Park and Plumpton College, where she is studying for a BSc in Viticulture and Oenology.

 

 


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