I’m Rob Seddon, the owner of Jackson and Seddon, and Jackson’s dad.
I was born in Cyprus in 1978, to Jimmy and Sue Seddon, one scouse and one brummie making me…..confused! I have a big sister, Rachel, who thinks I am crackers for doing this, but also proud that I am giving it a go.
Raised as a military kid, I moved around A LOT! I got to see a great deal of the UK and I was lucky enough to live in Cyprus for quite a few years as I was growing up.
I packed a bag at 24 and took off to see the world and while in Australia I fell in love, with the country, with the people and most of all with wine. It was my first experience of seeing rolling hills covered in vines as far as the eye could see, glorious sunny days, tasting wines in an actual winery, the sounds, the smells, it was the foundations of the dream I am pursuing today.
After I got back from Australia I was a changed man (with an odd accent), I no longer went for the £6 bottle of wine, I was up at the £10 bottle section, only drinking Australian wines though. As time passed I matured along with my pallet and I became obsessed with Italian and French reds, the bigger, the heavier, the better.
Today I am open to all grape varieties. I have a bit of a crush on Pinot Noir from South Africa at the moment and a big filthy Australian Shiraz can always make me smile.
Jackson, or to give him his official title; Sunraycourt Benedict the first, is a 6 year old English Springer Spaniel, my best mate, and my shadow. He has 5 sisters and 7 brothers, I don’t know their names, but I am guessing they are as equally suave as “Benedict”.
I bought Jackson as a pup and we have been together since he was 8 weeks old. I was frightened I was going to drop him and break him the day the breeder handed him to me, yet over the past 5 years we have been through a lot, and neither of us has broken…yet. He is always by my side and we would be lost without each other, I genuinely believe that.
I was then given the opportunity to spend 7 weeks in Tuscany to take part in a BBC TV show, ‘Second Chance Summer’. During my time there, I discovered wine producers who don’t export to the UK. Not through lack of trying, but from lack of the budget to market or produce enough wine to interest the big importers. These producers are small, family run places, winemakers that have had the skills and knowledge passed down to them from generations before.