About Honest Grapes
Everything there is to know about us
Well, there we were: a mix of wine enthusiasts, wine professionals, and friends bemoaning how difficult it is to find a website which offers a wide selection of great value, quality wines, at reasonable prices. And when we say reasonable prices, we all meant something fair and equitable – not the usual inflated mark ups, false discounts and BOGOFs that are so prevalent in retail these days.
We also wanted a website that had a community feel with fun social tasting events; a back-to-basics, no nonsense, exciting approach to such a glorious product.
The discussion continued through supporting independent growers, small wineries, producers who consider the wine’s character and value more than volume and branding, not to mention the hardworking agents and small importers who work tirelessly to bring such wines to a wider audience. It moved on to different wine varieties and styles, from the mid-week thirst-quenchers to the once-a-year treats.
We toured France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, picked up a few friends in Germany, Austria and Greece before heading to the New World to find wines from South Africa, the Americas and Antipodes. Returning home, we picked up some of the best homegrown wines from the UK.
Passions flared as favourites were promoted and tales were told. Then some bright spark said “Put your money where your mouth is”.
So, we did. And the result is, Honest Grapes - the quality wine marketplace. We’re pretty proud to be a part of it; we rather hope you will be too.
Meet the Team
What makes the Honest Bunch?
Tom is our WineChap. With fifteen years in the business, writing, buying, selling and hosting great events, he is a jack of all (wine) trades and trying to master a few of them. Tom has tried a large spectrum of excellent wines from all over the world and is delighted to have lined up so many of them here for you to enjoy.Favourite food and wine combo
His legendary 6-meat, truffled lasagne with an old Barolo.
Our Chairman's a prolific angel investor who has advised, started and invested in many a company. He’s passionate about wine, WSET qualified and runs wine tastings for business, friends and charity as well as travelling the world in search of the perfect wine. He’s far happier with a well priced decent quality wine than anything too fancy. As a scientist, he brings structure and rigour to our company processes. Yessir!Favourite food and wine combo
Roast leg of lamb and a lovely Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Oregon or New Zealand sets Nathan aquiver! For easy drinking, a pleasantly saline Picpoul de Pinet with some canapes will do, thanks.
James is our co-CFO. He trained as an accountant in fast moving consumer goods but found his passion when he joined the wine industry in 2011. In the time since he has worked in various finance leadership roles in the global wine industry, gaining his WSET Diploma in 2016 & qualifying as a Certified Wine Educator in 2017. Outside of finance, James is a musician & an avid enotourist, dragging his family to holidays across the vineyards of the world.Favourite food and wine combo
Truffle pasta & Barbaresco. So simple & so elegant.
Malcolm is new to the wine trade but with rather more years experience in accounting and finance than he would like to admit, he keeps the company and the team up to date and aware of the less interesting financial side of life. Outside of finance he is our resident Divemaster, and also a keen rugby fan constantly dragging people along to matches.Favourite food and wine combo
At the risk of sounding like Rumpole of the Bailey, a big roast dinner with all the trimmings accompanied by a nice but good value claret.
Charlie Goblet d’Alviella
With the surname including Goblet, Charlie was destined to be in the wine business! Gaining his WSET Diploma in 2005 he joined us with a varied wine background from running a wine shop to selling to super yachts in the Med. He is our Grand Crew Club Manager and loves nothing better than discussing and sharing his knowledge of all things wine with our members alongside helping host our tastings. He may well deviate to discuss all things food as he is also a passionate chef so be warned, you may need to keep on track if you just want to discuss wines!Favourite food and wine combo
Homemade pizza with chorizo, roasted artichoke and roasted peppers cooked in the woodfired oven served with a judiciously aged Brunello... or... 8hr slow cooked lamb shoulder with sweet potatoe dauphinoise and a Cornas from the 1990’s just amazing!
Luke is the ‘go to’ chap for all of our Premier Crew members. As membership manager and wine advisor, he’s always happy to answer your wine-related queries and make sure you don’t miss out on any of our tasting events. Luke is keen to help find the ideal vinous accompaniment to any occasion and also relishes the challenge of finding something new when inspiration is needed.Favourite food and wine combo
Having gained much of his wine experience from the ground up in both Australia and New Zealand, Luke likes nothing more than firing up the BBQ and pairing whatever’s seasonal with the perfect bottle.. currently enjoying lightly charred spatchcock chicken with some decent Rully.
Alexis has marketed her way through various sectors, and even ran her own dog day-care business, before completing her WSET Level 3 and moving into wine in 2016. It's Alexis' job to look after our customers and club members and we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, alongside our delicious wines.Favourite food and wine combo
Alexis likes nothing more than a cheese board accompanied by anything from Northern Rhône.
Coming from a family of restaurateurs wine is something that Angus has grown up loving. After starting his journey with Honest Grapes on his placement year from University back in 2016, he is now WSET Level-3 Qualified (2019) and a key member of our sales team. When he is not talking about wine, hosting wine tastings, or drinking wine (of course!), you will most likely find him on the golf course or driving range.Favourite food and wine combo
Gaining inspiration from his chef father. Roast Duck with creamy mash, braised red cabbage, quince and a shallot and red wine sauce, served with a mature Burgundy.
When Clémence arrived in the UK in 2015, she decided to specialise in the wine industry, working as a sommelier, account manager and purchasing assistant. She is now our Merchandiser and is here to find and offer you exciting wines! When she is not drinking or buying wine she likes to go to rock concerts and is currently taking archery classes.Favourite food and wine combo
A vin jaune with some aged comté. Simple but very efficient!
Our photographer who takes the snaps of bottles so you can see what you’re buying, along with making sure the site looks lovely and sumptuous. You’ll see her at our events snapping away: So remember. Smile! You’re on camera.Favourite food and wine combo
Theresa is Swedish, so usually it’s some weird drink that’s been concocted in the family’s backyard. When it comes to wine, she gets all civilised and loves nothing better than a crisp Sancerre with shellfish galore.
Red has a way with words. In fact Red's got away with words, coming on board as our Content Guru to make sure our website and messaging always reflects our quirky tone of voice and values. Joining the wine trade was just the excuse Red needed to keep exploring his love of wine.Favourite food and wine combo
Recent discoveries include Barbacarlo and Alsace Riesling, but he's always happy with rib-eye and an old Bordeaux.
Commercial photographer turned marketer after completing his masters in Marketing. Our resident data and analytics nerd who whips our eCommerce numbers into shape before beautifying them in an elaborate dashboard.Favourite food and wine combo
Italian T-Bone steak paired with a refined but rich red from Piedmont.
Having got a taste for the world of wine whilst working as marketing intern at a vineyard in Bordeaux as part of his degree, Fred went onto hone his skills on the digital landscape in various media agencies. With his WSET Level 2 under his belt in 2020, he made the leap from wine being a keen hobby, into full-time work, by joining our marketing team, and hasn’t looked back since!Favourite food and wine combo
A fiery veggie chilli con carne with a punchy Syrah to match.