Our Team

Nicholas Coates

founder director
Ex-investment banker who baled out in 2007 in search of a better life. Lives (and works) on-site in Hampshire. Long-time friend of Christian Seely

Christian Seely

founder director
CEO of Axa Millésimes (owners, among others, of Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Suduiraut and Quinta do Noval), friend of Nicholas Coates and inspiration for the wines

Nicholas Bloy

Founder of Navis Capital, international investor, and long-time friend of Nicholas Coates and Christian Seely from their MBA year together at INSEAD

Michael Saunders

Co-Founder and CEO of Bibendum PLB, éminence grise, known to all, and friend of Nicholas Coates and Christian Seely

Stephane Derenoncourt

Senior Consultant Winemaker
Founder of Derenoncourt Consultants, winemaker, vigneron, and consultant to some of the leading wineries in the world

Arnaud Gimonnet

Consultant Winemaker
Champagne specialist at Derenoncourt Consultants and eponymous son of the distinguished grower Champagne house, Gimonnet et Fils

Virginia Coates

Head of Events
Chef, events organizer, wife and mother, and de facto head of Coates & Seely’s internal diplomatic corps

Tristram Coates

Head of Sales
First ‘second’ generation family member to join the Firm and a leading source of energy, salesmanship and entertainment

Paulo Veloso

Vineyard Manager
A son of the Douro, who communes with the vines and has been with us from the very beginning

Georgina Balmain

Operations Manager
Runs both front and back offices and is the magic ingredient that holds it all together

Alice Kendall

Sales and Marketing
Design and branding inspiration, focussed on marketing and sales support

Kitty Single

Sales and Marketing
Our newest recruit, dedicated sales foot-soldier and brand ambassador.


Head of Entertainment
Our latest vintage, aged for over half a century, purring gently in Coates & Seely racing green and ready to entertain.