Meet the Team

The Founders

Calancombe Estate is owned by Caroline and Lance Whitehead, and in 2012 Caroline realised a long held dream and started to establish the vineyard. Further plantings of grapes, cider apples and blackcurrants were made in subsequent years as well as constructing a purpose-built winery and cider making facility. Caroline and Lance’s aim is to produce wines of the highest quality using only fruit grown on the Estate.

Caroline is a corporate lawyer, currently working for an international bank. She has worked extensively in the UK and overseas and has also run a global healthcare business. She now spends all her spare time in the vineyard and winery and managing the business, which has become her passion.

Lance served in the RAF Regiment for 21 years, and now works in the venture capital industry, establishing Cygnus Capital Partners a fundraising boutique in 2002.  He is a keen sailor and his enthusiasm for gin resulted in the launch of Dartmouth English Gin, distilled on the Calancombe Estate.

Olly Shaw - Winemaker and Vineyard Management.  Olly studied Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College and has worked both in the UK and overseas including at Denbies Estate and Lyme Bay in the UK, in Beaujolais in France and at Pask in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. He uses his broad experience to make our excellent wines, and he is responsible for looking after the vines themselves.

Mike Andrews - Vineyard Management.  Mike who owns a neighbouring farm producing high-quality grass-fed beef also manages many activities across the vineyard and ensures that we produce the best quality grapes and other fruits as we can.

Sunny Walker -Vineyard and Winery Support.   Sunny, a fully qualified surfing instructor finds time between his studies and surfing on the North Cornwall coast to provide invaluable help and support to Olly both in the vineyard and winery as well as keeping us all entertained!