Nick Wenman - Owner
"Ever since I was old enough to drink wine I have always dreamt of owning a vineyard. It's taken me more than 40 years to get there but I'm now lucky enough to have fulfilled my dream. Working with a passionate team producing great wine in the beautiful Surrey Hills. What more could I ask for?"
The vineyard is privately owned by Nick Wenman who lives in Shere near to the vineyard. Nick worked for 30 years in the IT business, which he retired from in 2006. He founded Albury Organic Vineyard in 2008 and now spends most of his time on the vineyard and managing the business, which has become his passion.
Alex Valsecchi - Vineyard Manager
The vineyard is managed by Alex who achieved a doctorate in Horticultire at Milan University in 1996. Following several years of practical experience working on vineyards in Italy and New Zealand, she joined RHS Wisley, responsible for the Orchard, Nursery, Model Fruit Area and the Vineyard which she planted.
Lucy Letley - Marketing and Events
Lucy, Nick's daughter, works part time at the vineyard and is responsible for our wine club, marketing, social media and events.
Attila - Our Vineyard Dog
Attila, Alex's Parson Russell Terrier, is a very important member of our team, particularlly as he helps to chase away pheasant and other wanted visitors. He even has a spirit named after him - Attila's Bite, which is a fragrant eau de vie de vin made by Silent Pool Distillers, from wine produced from our Seyval grapes.
The following consultants provide us with expert advice:-
Stephen Skelton MW
Stephen is a expert consultant to the English wine industry and is involved with planting vineyards for the production of sparkling wine. Since 1986 he has written and lectured widely on English wine and has published four guides to UK vineyards. In 2001 he won the André Simon award for ‘Wine Book of the Year’.
John Buchan – Agronomist
John runs his own business, John Buchan Agronomy, focusing on all aspects of vineyard agronomy, from site selection to full growing programmes. John specialises in organic and biodynamic vineyards.