Dimitra Fili – Manager
Dimitra was the assistant manager of our Soho store for 8 months, before moving to Notting Hill as a manager in November 2021.
Originally from Greece, Dimitra decided to relocate in 2016 and make London her new home as it’s the epicentre of the wine world. While studying Materials Engineering she found herself working in a wine bar where she fell in love with wine and realised she wanted to pursue a career in the wine industry.
Before joining the Amathus family she worked in various fine dining restaurants as a Sommelier and did a harvest in Santorini picking Assyrtiko.
What excites her most about the wine world is that is an ongoing journey of learning and evolving.
So far she has completed her WSET Diploma and she’s also a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, but has no intention of stopping there! Currently expanding her spirits knowledge with the vast range Amathus has to offer.
And as Cavafy says in his poem ‘Ithaka’, in the end, it is not the goal but the journey that matters, because the journey makes us wise and gives people the richest good: experience, knowledge, and maturity.
Outside of work she loves spending time with family and friends and sharing her vinous passion with others.
Favourite poisons:Fox & Fox Essence Blanc de Blancs &Manguin Oli'Gin Olive Gin
Franck Scarduelli – Assistant Manager
Franck is an Italian-Brazilian who moved to London in 2018. Since then, he has worked in pubs until July 2021 when he left the wondrous world of hospitality and joined the Amathus family.
He spends all the free time he can traversing the globe and acquainting himself with different places and cultures. When he is not globetrotting, he loves to relax at home reading books and support his favourite football team, Palmeiras (Avanti Palestra!).
He found his passion tasting wine and spirits, and sharing the experiences with anyone who is ready to listen. His true love is wine and the winning region for Franck is Tuscany... you simply cannot beat a quality Chianti Classico!
Ben O'Donoghue – Wine & Spirit Advisor
Ben joined the drinks trade after flirting with degrees in both Comedy and Musical Theatre, and realising neither were as fun as drinking great wine.
He dipped his toe in with a brief stint at Vagabond Wines, sipping such top wines as Tignanello and those of Ben Glaetzer, before moving to within a 2-minute walk of natural wine bar and Loire specialists, 161 Food + Drink. Almost immediately he took a job, pouring pet-nats and orange wines, and gaining an appreciation for low intervention wine (and the Kernel Brewery!).
The pandemic called for a shift to retail with London legends St JOHN; a great time selling from their Francophilic wine list doubled-down on his French wine fixation. He had, however, wanted to work for Amathus since his very first visit in 2017, and finally got the chance to in May 2021.
When not extolling the virtues of Burgundy to Amathus customers, he can usually be located either in a theatre, gallery, sampling Borough Market's wares or simply at home, probably with a drinks book and a Negroni.