About Us

About Us

While this section is called About Us, really the Antipodean Sommelier isn't about us. Its about you. Its about providing you with a range of outstanding (and often award-winning) boutique wines that cover New Zealand's premier winemaking regions.

Like you, we've watched the wine industry here in the UK change. Not so long ago, the consolidation of some of the big suppliers led to less variety in the wines available. So we've partnered with selected independent merchants to help bring you the variety and quality you want and deserve.

Oh, and along the way we're also helping our friends at up-and-coming wineries down under get the attention they deserve. If you're interested in knowing a bit more about our Directors, keep reading to see what they have to say for themselves. If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to use the boxes on the right to get in touch with us. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.

James Leary - Guy who buys wine and moves wines

Up until the birth of The Antipodean Sommelier, I had been working for nine years in Asset Management and Treasury in New Zealand and the UK. It was high time for me to take a break from the corporate world and follow what had become something of a dream.

As a grower of pinot noir grapes in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, I had met some fantastic boutique wine-makers and saw an opportunity to help them get their wines noticed in the UK, New Zealand's largest but most distant export market.

In 2010, I was fortunate enough to meet a man with a similar vision and passion for wine. Tony.  Today we share more than just a passion, we share The Antipodean Sommelier.

I hope you enjoy our wines as much as we do!

Tony Wellings - Strategy and Accounts Guy

Wines and Spirits have been my life for over 20 years. My first job as a Trainee Sales Executive with Seagram sealed my passion for the industry and had me working with world renowned champagne, port and spirit brands. More importantly, it gave me my first company car, a Ford Escort Estate 1.3L.

I spent the subsequent years of my career working my way up the ranks, including time with Paul Vranken (Heidsieck and Pommery Champagnes), Allied Domecq (Montana and Campo Viejo) and finally Pernod Ricard (Jacobs Creek).

Through all of this, there was one thing that really stuck: a passion for new world wines and the desire to set up something of my own. In 2010, I met James, the timing was right and our dream of bringing people like you outstanding award winning boutique wines from small up-and-coming wineries was given life, and legs.

And here you have it, The Antipodean Sommelier.

Marcus Priestly - Wine Sales Guy

With a long standing interest in wine I discovered Tony and James at an Oxford food/wine Festival in 2010, drawn in on the back of my wife’s love of Marlborough Sauvignon-Blanc.

I soon became a more than appreciative customer, impressed by the range of great wine makers that they were working with, the wonderful products they were importing and their sheer enthusiasm for the whole enterprise. I was hooked, and over a lengthy conversation alongside my latest “shipment” didn’t hesitate when offered the chance to have some fun working at some of the shows and getting paid in wine!

Earlier this year a welcome “convergence” of fate and circumstance offered the chance to become a fully fledged member of the gang, with a mission to spread the word on TAS.

Get in touch


The Antipoden Sommelier Limited
76 Cherry Orton Road
Orton Waterville
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1733 238 942

Email: sales@taswines.co.uk

James Leary - Guy Who Buys and Moves Wine
Telephone: +44 7528 924 944
Email: james@taswines.co.uk

Tony Wellings - Strategy and Accounts Guy
Telephone: 01733238942
Email: tony@taswines.co.uk

Ben Parkes - Austrailian Brand Ambassador
Telephone: +44 7769 110 412
Email: ben@taswines.co.uk

Marcus Priestly - Wine Sales Guy
Telephone: +44 7584 494 343
Email: marcus@taswines.co.uk

Paul Hinks - Big Account Guy
Telephone: +44 7862 734 417
Email: paulhinks@brandcentraluk.com