Our People


ADRIAN PIKE
Managing Director & Winemaker


Adrian Pike, Managing Director & Winemaker

What got you into wine?
Driving through France to Midem (music industry conference) in Cannes every year and visiting vineyards on the way - we would drive through Champagne, Burgundy and the Rhône which was incredibly inspiring. I was lucky enough to have a friend who was a vintner in Cannes, so we would load up our rickety Citroen 2CV with wine (breaking down regularly en route). I first realised the potential of English wine when I tried one of Will Davenport’s wines in a restaurant in Soho back in 2014. I called Will the next day and began studying wine production and viticulture whilst working with him at Davenport.

What did you do before?
I ran a music company in London. Previously, I founded record label Moshi Moshi.

What do you love most about your job?
The transformation from pruning the vines right back down to two canes to watching them grow through the season - all the way through to watching the berries develop and tasting the flavours. I love the process in the winery, too - turning juice to wine - and then capturing it in the bottle at the perfect time. Once you start tasting the fruit, plans begin to percolate, but you never really know what you’re going to get and that’s rather magical. The taste of the juice transforms dramatically through fermentation but also develops during ageing - whether that be in oak, terracotta, steel or concrete. We tend to do very little to our wines after fermentation but what we do do is taste, and judging the perfect timing for bottling is an art that I’m loving learning.

What is your favourite time of year in the vineyard?
Harvest. It’s the toughest time but also the time that the ideas start sparking as you taste the fruit.

Favourite Westwell wine?
Pelegrim. It’s the most Westwell-ian of the wines we make - it reflects what the site is capable of: rich and full wine with a fruit-forward profile.


MARCUS GOODWIN
Vineyard Manager


Marcus Goodwin, Vineyard Manager

What got you into wine?
A crazy Welsh rugby / biology teacher at school. He took a free study course in the sixth form on Wine Studies. Not really a posh school, just a forward thinking teacher.

What did you do before?
I worked at Oddbins Wine Merchants in central London. I also worked as a garden designer / landscaper and in plant nurseries - always growing stuff!

What do you love most about your job?
The fact I don't have to shave every day and the dress code is casual casual. What brought you to Westwell? When Adrian was putting the deal together to purchase Westwell in 2017, he asked me to come and have a look at the site. I took one look and just said buy it.

What is your favourite time of year in the vineyard?
April/May when the new shoots are about 2 - 3 inches long and the new leaves have a pinkish tinge to them.

Favourite Westwell wine?
Westwell Ortega is my go-to house dry white.


JOSE QUINTANA
Assistant Manager & Winemaker


Jose Quintana, Assistant Manager & Winemaker

What got you into wine?
A friend's dad introduced me to a wine club while I was at university. I was lured in by the savings on buying in bulk but soon started to pick up on the subtleties of differences between varieties and regions of the world. Then a chance encounter with a bottle of Chateau Musar was an epiphany. I'm lucky that I also had friends and family in Spain making wine so it was always in the blood lurking somewhere.

What did you do before?
I've had a couple of other careers at either end of the spectrum - as a sound engineer and as an estate agent.

What do you love most about your job?
That there's always the potential to create something incredible.

What is your favourite time of year in the vineyard?
Pruning - it's quiet, contemplative and each year it is the start of the journey and of amazing possibilities.

Favourite Westwell wine?
Field '18 - It's the first English still wine that I tried that immediately reminded me of a great wine. In this case, Cuvée 910 from Domaine Vignes du Maynes from the Mâcon.

Any other interesting facts about you?
Whenever I taste wine, I think about it in musical terms, like a band or orchestra of thousands of different compounds interacting like instruments, sometimes in dissonance, sometimes in harmony. And just like music, there are occasions when I want Led Zeppelin; other times Puccini.


ADAM LOWE
Assistant Vineyard Manager


Adam Lowe, Assistant Vineyard Manager

What got you into wine?
I got into wine during family camping holidays around French wine regions before realising what great terroir we had under our feet here in my home county of Kent.

What did you do before?
I previously worked in the travel industry before 'following my dream' to work in English wine. I’ve also spent much time travelling around the world and have visited vineyards on every continent that vines are cultivated.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the diversity of the job and being outdoors - noticing the wildlife and the changing of the seasons.

What is your favourite time of year in the vineyard?
I really like winter in the vineyard. After predominantly working in an office, I appreciate the stillness and silence that the dormant season affords.

Favourite Westwell wine?
I am a big seafood lover so my favourite wine is Westwell Ortega which is a perfect match.


GALIA PIKE
Illustrator & Dogsbody


Galia Pike, Illustrator & Dogsbody

What got you into wine?
Adrian! When we were living in London, both working in music, I genuinely hadn’t anticipated this as our future. Once I tried some English wine, though, I was amazed by the quality and it wasn’t long before we took the plunge, relocating to Sussex where I started studying at Plumpton College and began a blog on English wine. My main job at Westwell is illustrating and designing our labels - mostly very detailed illustrations of vines and the vineyard.

What did you do before?
Amongst other things, I worked as a composer for film and television.

What do you love most about your job?
The variety. From drawing and designing labels to spending time in the vineyard - the most beautiful place I know.

What is your favourite time of year in the vineyard?
I tend to work mainly from home, but as a family, we are always about during harvest and I love the frantic excitement of getting the fruit in and thinking of all the possibility - a little like getting a new sketchpad and pen.

Favourite Westwell wine?
I absolutely love the Field '18. It tastes like some of the light juicy red Juran wines of which Adrian is so fond and is very versatile.


ROSEMARY TAYLOR
Owner


Rosemary Taylor, Owner

What got you into wine?
My late husband, Rod, bought the vineyard as a new venture and something that the family could become involved with over time.

What do you love most about being involved?
Seeing the vineyard grow and the wines develop under the stewardship of Adrian and the team.

What is your favourite time of year in the vineyard?
Harvest is the obvious time, particularly on glorious days but also in May / June when the promise of things to come are at their height.

Favourite Westwell wine?
Pelegrim.