All about Ellis Wharton Wines
Who we are and how it beganEllis Wharton Wines is the result of a partnership between former restaurateur David Ellis and Charles Wharton, ex wine buyer for a major brewery. Taking a fresh approach from start to finish, we wanted our business to focus on the small independent growers working sympathetically with the land, producing distinctive wines of quality and character. At the other end of the spectrum we aim to provide the customer, whether a private individual or a restaurant or hotel, with fantastic wines carefully sourced, backed with the great service offered by our passionate and knowledgeable team.
Every wine has its own story.
The list is ever changing as and when we find new wines to get excited about. We search for wines of terroir and typicity; wines of providence; delicious, tasty, unmediated wines which tell the story of the place they have come from and people who have made them. As such we find ourselves naturally drawn towards indigenous grape varieties, family-owned vineyards and sustainable viticulture. Hence many wines on our list can be classified as organic, biodynamic or natural. Please click here to explore these categories in depth.
Between us we have over 50 years experience in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries, so we very much look forward to being able to help you find wines that you will really enjoy drinking.
Its all about talking to one and other.
If you have any questions regarding any of the wines in our list please do contact us, either by email or by phone. In this modern era we are still quite old fashioned in one aspect of our business; we do actually like speaking to our customers. On the other hand we are just about keeping pace with the fast-paced world of social media – follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we will keep you up to date with events, special offers and exciting new finds. You will also find fresh ideas and inspiration on our blog and via our newsletter (which we hope you will find an infrequent and pleasant diversion rather than a continual assault on your inbox)
We hope you enjoy drinking our wines as much as we have done putting our selection together.
David & Charles
Meet the Team
Charles Wharton, Director
Charles worked for a major brewery as Wine Buyer for 10 years, before embarking on his crusade as an independent Wine Merchant. Charles enjoys the occasional rant, mostly about brands and the dictatorship of the supermarket and firmly believes that it's what's in the bottle that counts, not what's on the label. "In the old job, I got more and more down the line of own label and mass market wines. It got very boring after a while." Now Charles is free to search out the fruits of smaller, artisan growers who defy the trend of homogenisation and stamp their own, often eccentric, personality on their wines.
Working for himself, Charles is also now free to go sailing a lot more. Luckily his lovely wife Mel also sails, when she's not delivering sound nutritional advice to her clients and confiscating the office biscuits.
David Ellis, Director
David Ellis was brought up on a game park in Kenya, where his father (himself a second-generation East African) was the warden. David starred in the epic children's film 'The Last Rhino', which we recently came across on U Tube (see link), before returning to England to attend school. The acting career never quite flourished and David was sent out into the world with only his charms to recommend him. After taking a Catering Management Diploma and working as a buyer for several large companies, he escaped the corporate world and bought a restaurant in Fowey in Cornwall, which he ran for 16 years with his wife who is a fantastic cook. During this time David also bought a beach café, because he really wanted a Mr. Whippy Machine. Next was the purchase of a large farmhouse, which the couple converted into a B&B, before David took the plunge into the wine business in 2006. “I made one flippant remark to my friend Charles and now here I am. But I love good food and wine, so it’s a good business to be in and I understand the hospitality side of things too."
Lucy, A little bit of everything
Lucy is a writer, blogger, networker and general devourer of all cultural goings-on. She began working part-time but forged such a role for herself, and made so many cups of tea, that we found we couldn't do without her. For Lucy, a History of Art degree led to writing, which led to food writing, which led to running a restaurant and hence discovering a passion for wine, which led her to us. She now organises our events, produces copy at a rate of knots, provides staff training to hospitality businesses and has an ear to the ground for any opportunities to promote who we are and what we do. She is also the proud owner of Raif (see below).
Raif, Office Dog
Raif is a permanent fixture in our office and cellar-door shop, where he is occasional able to persuade customers to take him for a walk or part with food. If he goes missing, he is likely to be found at the argricultural merchant next door; dog food section. When he isn't supervising deliveries and developing marketing strategies, Raif spends his time on the beaches and moors of Cornwall, most often followed by a trip to the pub.
Favourite Places - Tehidy Woods, Portheras Beach, Coldstreamer Inn.