Meet the Bijou Wine Team

Chris Ellis

Managing Director

Chris Ellis founded Bijou Wine in 2013 after twenty-five years in the wine industry. Previously he has worked as Export Director for a large French wine producer and was a founder shareholder of Western Wines. He has also consulted to a number of vineyards, wine producers, distributors and retailers. Chris was at the forefront of the retail wine revolution and has been heavily involved in both production and sales and marketing. He created, sourced and developed brands such as Kumala and Isla Negra and was the first person to bring in brands such as Cono Sur to the European Market.

Edward Vellacott

Commercial Manager

English by birth, Edward was brought up in the South of France from the age of nine.  After completing his French Baccalaureate he returned to the UK to study Management and Spanish at the University of Leeds, the highlight of which was spending a year working in the export division of a Spanish winery in Madrid.  Edward’s trustworthy personality allied with his interpersonal and communication skills continuously help him build strong cross-cultural relationships.  He passed WSET Level 3 with Merit and will shortly complete the Diploma course.

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Olly Hallwoth

International Sales Executive

Olly is a keen sportsman, wine enthusiast and Francophile. Having enjoyed a successful rugby career in his early youth, Olly’s two passions were realised when at 19, he was offered a semi-professional rugby contract in the South of France. Unable to continue due to injury, Olly went on to study French at University, completing a placement year at the University of Bordeaux allowing him to improve his linguistic skills and wine knowledge. Prior to joining Crush, Olly was responsible for the Sales & Marketing for a 28 –  hectare organic wine producer in the Languedoc. Self-motivated with a friendly persona, Olly thrives on a challenge and enjoys travel and meeting new people. He is currently studying for his WSET level three.

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Shako Safari

Marketing Executive

Shako is our multilingual Sales and Marketing Assistant. She is passionate about marketing and has recently achieved a master’s degree in International Public Relations at Cardiff University which opened her doors to the marketing industry. She speaks five different languages and loves having a delightful chat with local people. Her knowledge and passion for wine go back to her time in Italy, where she grew up and spent most of her time.

Sasha Howard

Portfolio Consultant

Sasha is our Portfolio Consultant, she is a Mandarin speaker living in London but has lived in China on and off since 2008. After graduating from university with a degree in Chinese language and culture she embarked on a career which fed her interest in the growing relationship between the UK and China.

Her passions are writing travel articles for Chinese publications and discovering new culinary hot spots in London.


Hélène Temmerman

International Sales and Marketing Manager

Hélène was born and raised in Belgium where she graduated as a bio engineer specializing in Agronomy. To pursue her passion for wine she has worked in countries such as Italy, France, and Croatia to research sustainability practices in the wine sector and to gain practical experience. Her additional Master’s in International Food and Beverage management at the business school of ESCP in Turin and Paris and her previous experience as business manager gave her in-depth knowledge of the commercial aspects of the wine market. Hélène currently completing WSET diploma.

The Winemakers

Jean Patrice Margnat

Coteaux d’Aix en Provence

Gilles Cantons

Saint Chinian

Luc Flache


Guillaume Bonzoms

Coteaux de Béziers

Jean Philippe Manzoni

Coteaux Varois en Provence

Yann Soulairac

Costières de Nîmes