The secret to perfection is patience.
After a decade of development and testing, our belief is that there is only one way to make world class sparkling wine in the UK.
Reserve Blend is our signature style. The RB range draws on our 10 year library of reserve wines that we have curated and stored in our winery at Exton Park since 2011. Our winemaker, Corinne Seely, composes our blends from a huge variety of flavours captured from our 60 acre single vineyard each year.
This unique approach sets a new standard for contemporary winemaking. We guarantee excellence in every bottle, year-after-year.
We are, and always will be, a single vineyard producer, offering a level of quality and consistency rarely seen in our industry. We’ve spent ten years on a journey of innovation, and our Reserve Blends are a direct product of that journey. Coming soon will be a number of exciting Limited Release wines, separate from the RB range, that further showcase our flair for innovation.
An Eclectic Family
Every member of our eclectic partnership of viticulturists, winemakers and business minds brings something unique to our community. Meet the team below.
Kit EllenManaging Director
Kit started his wine journey in 2010, when he joined the Majestic Wine graduate scheme. There he achieved a Distinction in the WSET Level 3 Award, and won the prestigious Gonzalez Byass Scholarship, before embarking on the Level 4 Diploma. In 2014 he moved to Free Run Wines, where he focussed on supplying grower Champagnes and a range of other sparkling styles to all areas of the UK market. This specialism created a natural path into the world of English sparkling wine. Kit joined Exton Park in 2017 with a remit to develop the commercial strategy and to build brand awareness. In 2021 he took on the newly created role of Managing Director.
“Exton Park is a truly special place. Within one stunning Hampshire estate, we have some of the finest wine-growing soils and microclimates in the UK, a state-of-the-art winery housing an incredible 10 year library of reserve wines, and one of the most talented teams in the industry. Our oversight of the entire winemaking process offers a level of quality and a consistency of style rarely seen in the UK, or even abroad.”
Fred LangdaleVineyard Director
Fred gained his experience from a range of vineyards based along the south downs in the UK. He also had the opportunity to work for two years with new world producers in New Zealand and South Africa. This led to a passion for viticulture with a focus on sparkling wine. During his studies at Plumpton College, he worked for Davenport Organic vineyards, before joining Nyetimber to supervise one of their larger vineyards. Fred made the move to Exton Park in 2008, where he established most of our 60-acre vineyard. In 2020, he was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to further his research into Cool climate viticulture.
“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 flavours all in one vineyard, and all with a unique character. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever worked in.”
Corinne SeelyWine Director
As Wine Director, Corinne oversees the entire process of creating our wines, from pressing the grapes to composing our Reserve Blends. Her approach marries art and science, drawing on experience gained in Bordeaux where she started her career as winemaker at the prestigious grand cru classé Domaine de Chevalier before becoming consultant winemaker around the world. She spent time in Australia, the Languedoc and the Douro before finally discovering England.
Corinne is now devoted to Exton Park Vineyard where she has been instrumental in developing its philosophy, creating imaginative and unexpected wines that flourish out of an English climate.
“For me, joining Exton Park is like reading books your whole life then being given the opportunity to write one.”
Lindsey EmberleyHR Director
Lindsey’s cool head, practical nous and flawless organisation is fundamental to the day-to-day running of Exton Park. She ensures the smooth running of our business operations while looking after the wellbeing of the team.
Debbie BuckleyAssistant Vineyard Manager
Debbie joined us in 2018 and splits her time between the vineyard and studying Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College. Her years may be tender, but she’s officially the best tractor driver on the vineyard.
Zsofia gained winemaking experience in the Napa Valley, Portugal and Australia before settling in the UK. In the last 10 years she has worked for some of the most established English producers, including Nyetimber and Hush Heath, before meeting minds with our head winemaker, Corinne.
Ben AdamsVineyard Manager
Ben studied Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College, before launching his career at Earl Les Clos Perdus in France’s Languedoc-Roussilion. After moving back to the UK, he spent a year in Langham Estate, Dorset, before taking over as Exton Park’s vineyard manager in 2018.
Caroline BrosnanMarketing Manager
A seasoned marketing specialist with almost 20 years’ experience in the UK’s top advertising agencies, Caroline swapped city life for the vineyard in 2020. Caroline’s responsible for managing and growing our brand.
Karl McCullochBrand Ambassador
Karl has extensive experience working with independent wine merchants, with expertise across private sales and buying. With a Wine and Spirit Educational Trust diploma under his belt, Karl’s responsible for developing our business, speaking for our brand and supporting our valued clients.
Mikey GoochWarehouse Supervisor
Mikey is our newest recruit at Exton Park. He plays a pivotal role in managing the warehouse, overseeing all orders and ensuring seamless fulfilment.
Malcolm Isaac MBE is Exton Park’s visionary and our inspiration. Part of the pioneering cohort of post-war entrepreneurs, Malcolm and his brother were largely responsible for the resurrection of the flagging watercress industry. Following a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to the USA, Malcolm introduced baby leaf salads to the UK market and completely modernised the UK salad industry. Farms in Portugal, Spain, Kenya and the USA soon followed – creating a highly successful and profitable business, Vitacress Salads Ltd.
Rupert YoungerNon-Executive Chairman
Rupert works at the University of Oxford where he is a leading thinker and bestselling author on reputation, activism and trust. He lives in the Meon Valley, close to the Vineyard, and is a former High Sheriff of Hampshire (2013-14). Rupert is a Trustee of the international mine clearance and humanitarian charity The HALO Trust, and is a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland. He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman in 2018.
Lucy StanfordNon-Executive Board Member
After many years at Christie’s Auction House, Lucy started working for the founder of Exton Park, Malcolm Isaac, in 2008 shortly before he purchased the vineyard. She acts as liaison between Malcolm and the vineyard and is integral to the day-to-day running of the business.
Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler, MWNon-Executive Board Member
Nicola is a Master of Wines who is currently Director of Buying for Private Cellar, a personalised luxury wine business. She passed the prestigious Master of Wine exam in 1996 and joined our board in 2021.
David PhelpsNon-Executive Board Member
David is the co-founder and CEO of Mahiki. He is an entertainments and luxury lifestyle entrepreneur who has dominated the London and UK night life scene for the past three decades, having owned over 75 venues (bars, restaurants and clubs) as well as operating outdoor high end events. He joined the Exton Park board in 2021.
Guy LawrenceNon-Executive Board Member
Guy is Managing Director of Brockmans Gin and chair of La Hechicera, an ultra premium rum brand. He was UK CEO of Jaegermeister from 2013-2020, overseeing the repositioning of this now iconic brand and its phenomenal commercial success.
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That’s why sustainability is woven into the roots of Exton Park by design. We’re a founding member of WineGB’s Sustainable Wines of Great Britain accreditation, and we take the most natural approach possible to growing, managing and harvesting our fruit. As a sustainably minded wine producer, we have already reduced our carbon footprint by offsetting much of our energy usage through solar power.
We are committed to developing the biodiversity of our vineyard – with birds, bees, sheep, and wildflowers all playing a part in fertilising, controlling pests, and enhancing our natural ecosystem.
Head over to our News to learn more about our sustainability initiatives.