James moved to Provence near Avignon after nearly 20 years in Tokyo where he ran a small wine import business specialising in artisanal, traditional and natural wines from southern France and Catalonia.
With Heliocentric, James makes wines which are richly flavoured and terroir driven but with an atypical freshness, purity of fruit and lightness of touch.
James’s background includes a WSET Diploma gained in his native London.
Childhood camping holidays in Provence had left a longing to return to the sights and sounds and aromas of the landscape.
In addition to making Heliocentric wines, he continues to work with an inspiring range of producers from France, Spain and Germany – see winegoeseast.com.