Our founder and head honcho, Darcy’s passion for English wines started with a visit to pioneering vineyard Breaky Bottom in his native Lewes. He became a stockist and ambassador as the owner of a south east pub group, then studied viticulture at Plumpton College and established his own vineyard planting and management company.
Today he puts all that knowledge, experience and enthusiasm into Bee Tree. He’s no longer just an ambassador. He’s an active contributor to growth, expansion and ongoing improvement in the production of really great English wines.
A woman of many talents, Tanya holds several key positions in Bee Tree, from transport management to marketing guru and occasional shepherdess. She wields a mean secateur when it’s time for pruning and has more than proved her mettle as harvest labour.
When she’s not actively in the field she’s always looking for new ways to develop the business through partnerships with others who share the family enthusiasm for preserving and enjoying as well as working this precious piece of land.
Being the youngest team member, Lydon’s the social media go-to when our poor old brains can’t cope with stuff like TikTok.
Although they have their own music studies (and a promising career) ahead, they’ve been known to pull on a pair of wellies and put in some hard labour when extra hands are needed. If they want to do that with their headphones drowning out the parental chit-chat, we’re okay with that.
Beryl and Minnie Gander
These VIPs (Very Important Pups) play vital roles in protecting us from invading armies of pheasants, although strangely they’re fine with the sheep. Perhaps the fact that the sheep are considerably larger than they are has something to do with that.
Also very enthusiastic diggers, although not always in the right place, and they’re definitely showing promise as official visitor greeters. Plus we pay them in biscuits.