The Team

Peter Wood - Head braces wearer & man of many accents

I've been peddling wine in St Andrews since 2001 and during the first decade, I drank very very well. The problem with drinking really nice stuff is that it goes up in price and you can no longer justify it, particularly when you get married and have children! This is why I started the Wine Co, to showcase great affordable wines from small producers, not behemoths!  I don't care about first growths Bordeaux and prestige cuvee Champagne anymore and you won't find them on my shelves. Show me a hidden gem in the Medoc or a grower fizz that kicks ass and I'm thrilled!

I'm married to a woman who is far more talented than I am - author Nora Anne Brown - and we live in the East Neuk of Fife with our son and two Basset Hounds.

When I'm not working I'm usually found up to my neck in Lego with my son, cooking or greasing the trunnions on the work van.

Freddie Kellett - Cellar Rat

I'm currently studying for a master’s degree in politics and have been an employee at St Andrew's Wine Co for over two years. I started getting interested in wine after starting to learn how to cook and quickly discovered the joy of cooking and good food and wine. Four years on I've amassed an impressive collection of wine and cookery books and am very happy to discuss food and wine pairings with customers. My particular interest in wine is in the old world, particularly the Loire valley and Burgundy, where terroir and production styles vary hugely creating huge variety and continual fascination. When not in the kitchen, I enjoy walking in the countryside, music and a good political debate.

Allie Hypes - she's got really pretty handwriting

I'm a 4th year Sustainable Development student at the University of St. Andrews. As a Chicago native, I arrived to Scotland eager to explore and learn beyond the comfortable bounds of my small hometown. As an avid reader curious about the natural world’s relation to the human experience I look to discover the many ways we interact and rely on the earth, and how we can do so sustainably. After becoming a frequent loiterer/relentless inquisitor of Peter’s knowledge on wine and the world I somehow was hired and is now the in house calligrapher and rookie wine tester. Outside the shop I can be found sifting through shells at the beach or asking to pet every dog that passes me by.

Cate Cleary - Our holiday help!

I am a language student (Portuguese and Spanish) at Glasgow university but born and bred in East Fife. I like to play a lot of sports including lacrosse and going jogging in my spare time as well as learning how to cook and bake new recipes. My father has been a customer of the St Andrews Wine Company since it started and so I have had the pleasure of being introduced to drinking quality wine (especially Bordeaux and the occasional Italian red) whilst learning about the types of wine and their producers. I am currently preparing to spend 9 months abroad, as part of my university degree, in Portugal and so have recently been expanding my wine experiences by trying a few different Portuguese wines. I am looking forward to trying many different wines from Portugal in the coming months and enjoying my time abroad.

Ben Petrie - Deputy Braces Wearer & Alan Bennett impersonator

I’ve been a dedicated appendage to the Wine Co crew since September 2019, and since then have discovered and nursed a new passion in life. Inspired by Peter’s intoxicating love for port, I began to delve into the world of wine with the aid of his brimming shelves while studying Modern and Art History here in St Andrews. Now after investing a considerable amount of time and money, starting a little podcast on wine and sharing it with friends and family over time, I have decided wine is essential to a happy existence. You’ll notice me in the shop as a cardigan-wearing lover of all bottles form Italy, Burgundy and Portugal, and always up for a little banter.