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Our Team

Southern Wines was formed in January 2010, with the primary role of marketing and promoting Vondeling Wines from South Africa.  The business has grown and developed every year since and taken on various new agencies as well as selling other wines that we have particularly enjoyed ourselves.

We will only offer wines we like ourselves.  Our guarantee to you is that if you do not agree with us and don’t like a particular wine, we will refund in full any wines returned to us. 

Rupert St Aubyn

Rupert started selling wine in Zimbabwe in 1994 and has continued ever since.  After leaving Zimbabwe in 2002, sales alternated between Gloucestershire, Southern Spain and Gibralter, before St Aubyn Wines Ltd was founded in Andover in 2005.   Southern Wines Ltd was then formed from the original company,  in January 2010, with Simon Leschallas, to cope with an ever expanding portfolio of wines, spirits and beers. 

Simon Leschallas

Simon Leschallas joined Mentzendorff in 1978, selling Bollinger, Fonseca Port and other wines from around the World.  In 1985 he became a director of Mentzendorff and latterly a director of Bollinger, selling throughout the UK.

He was a founding member of Southern Wines in January 2010.  He is also currently a brand ambassador for Charles Heidsieck Champagne. 

Mark Leveson-Gower

Mark Leveson-Gower joined the wine trade in 1981 and now is in his 34th year. During that time he has worked for Veuve Clicquot, Paragon Vintners, John E Fells, Laytons and for the last 12 years Maisons, Marques et Domaines Ltd who are owned by Louis Roederer.  He joined Southern Wines in February 2014 and brings a wealth of experience to the business.