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All about Ellis Wharton Wines - An independent Wine Merchant, based in Cornwall, serving the whole of the United Kingdom -
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.
If you are reading this it means you have found our website where you can view our entire stock, read customer reviews and find out more about the wine, spirtis ,beers and ciders we stock. All are available for delivery across the United Kingdom. We also have a wine shop and off-license based in Par, Cornwall, half way between St Austell and Fowey, so if you are in the area and fancy dropping in to look around we'd love to see you. We often have bottles of various bits and pieces open to try so you can always experiment with something new.
Trade & Wholesale
We are very proud of the relationships we have built up with our on-trade accounts and we are always interested in talking to people about how we can help support their business ventures, whether it is a new start up or someone is looking to liven up their wine lists with something unique. With trade discounts and delivery 5 days a week across the Cornwall and the South West not to mention our eclectic selection make sure to give us a call.
It's 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."