Top Note Design is a family business founded in 2012 by cousins Lucy Goulding and Alice Dunhill.

Our starting point was the incredible collection of foil capsules which my husband, Henry,  had saved from wines enjoyed over the years.  Simple reminders of lots of happy memories.   Starting small, over the kitchen table, we designed a ‘capsule’ collection based on some of our favourite wines from Burgundy and the Rhone.

Establishing this small business has been challenging but it also been an adventure.   Just after we started Henry was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.   His love of wine has always been at the heart of the business and under his guidance, we began to build a range of some of the most original and stylish wine accessories on the market.   From corkscrews to cellar books, from artwork to aerators we have carefully curated our collection, much of which is exclusive to Top Note Design.

About a year ago we decided that we wanted to learn more about wine and we are now both qualified at WSET Level 2.   The next challenge is Level 3!

We love meeting our customers and are constantly searching for new products to add to our range which will appeal to them.  If we can’t find something our customers want then we design it ourselves.  Just ask us. We want to make the experience of wine even better; maybe to make it more mindful, certainly to make it more fun.

Henry is no longer with us but his heart and his love of wine live on in Top Note Design.

Lucy Goulding

Thoughts on a Wine Cellar


Our Story

Henry wrote ‘Thoughts on a Wine Cellar’ to tell us about the wines he had laid down over the years. He takes us on his personal journey through wine. It does not aim to be a complete record of the world of wine but it is a record of Henry’s world.