Meet the people behind Cape Cod Cellars®

We have been going to the Cape since the early 1970s. Our first voyage was in our country squire with our cat whiskers, sea shells and red buckets from KFC. Over the next few decades, we lived and worked on Cape Cod and Nantucket. As a student at Boston College, Cape Cod Cellars founder Tim Cooney shucked oysters at The Lobster Trap on Nantucket and painted homes while living on Pleasant street. Tim’s sister Kathleen waited tables at Christians restaurant in Chatham. Today, Tim’s children enjoy the Cape with adventures at Cape Cod Sea Camp, playing tennis at CBTC or simply “being kids” at the home on Linden Tree lane.

Starting in 2005, our family started buying wine under its own brand including its Chatham Chardonnay and Chatham Cabernet. Over the years we selected other varietals including our trademarked Nantucket Red and our Schooner’s Sauvignon Blanc. Each year, we taste wines from all over the world that we feel reflect the spirit, taste and qualities of the Cape, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. We also talk to our friends like you and ask your opinion! Check out our video below. 

In the 19th century, English & Irish seaman would consult French negociants when selecting which wines and cuisines to serve at high table. Cape Cod Cellars understands this tradition. What started as a private reserve of wines for selected families and hotels in Chatham, Cape Cod has crossed the pond and is bringing it back home in Europe. From the finest wines and cuisine in the world to our own CCC branded reserve, Cape Cod Cellars offers a unique experience to you. And, as you know, it has evolved beyond one’s pallet to one’s personal lifestyle offering.


Our Advisors

Kathlin Argiro – Marketing and Branding advisor

Kathlin Argiro is a seasoned Fashion Designer and entrepreneur who has over 20 years of design and product development experience. Kathlin has leveraged her experience to launch her New York based fashion consulting firm, Kathlin Argiro New York, to provide comprehensive support to start-up fashion businesses. Her expertise and vast network of connections has enabled her to provide direction and solutions ranging from design through production, ultimately facilitating getting the Designer’s Collections to market. Kathlin is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design.

Robert Murphy- Distribution and Fine Wine Expert

Robert M. Murphy is a Fine Wine Consultant with over 30 years in the hospitality industry. Bob has called on the top restaurant, hotels and stadiums for national and regional suppliers as both a salesperson and division manager. As Senior Vice President, International Sales and Marketing, Shenzhen Stone Garden China he conducted sales meetings and training seminars for local distributors in Shenzhen China. When not working Bob enjoys cooking, playing golf and pairing food with great wines.

Stuart Armstrong- Artistic Design Curator

Stuart is an illustrator working in traditional and digital media. He has over 35 years experience in art, including 20 years spent in computer graphics, specializing in maps, technical and editorial illustration. The unique designs and beautiful creation of Cape Cod Cellars’ imagery is the contribution of Mr. Armstrong. Synthesizing the vision of CCC’s founder (whom he has known for over ten years) into practical products emanates from the invisible hand of Stuart. Among the many engagements spanning his career include such organizations as The National Geographic Society, Discovery Communications, the German Marshall Fund to international media companies.

Rhona Sutton, LLC (Apparel & Merchandise Advisor)

With studios in London and New York, Rhona Sutton, LLC works closely with CCC founder Tim Cooney in factory sourcing, inventory sampling/stocking, and the soup to nuts coordination involved in the online experience. The company has been involved for many years in both design and development across a range of products, specifically jewelry and resort wear. In addition to producing collections for their Rhona Sutton brand, they create exclusive designs for other brands like CCC and licensees such as Walt Disney. This amassed wealth of experience has allowed Rhona Sutton, LLC to become a one-stop reserve for merchandise production and providing logistics back-up as well as direct to consumer shipping.


Timothy Cooney, Founder & Chairman (Director)
Timothy Cooney founded Cape Cod Cellars. Tim is an entrepreneur, a builder of brands and companies. Tim combines his experience with the technical skill set of being an attorney (worked as an associate counsel in The White House for 3 years) and investment experience having worked over 10 years at firms as JP Morgan and Bessemer. Tim earned a BA, (magna cum laude) from Boston College, a Law degree from CUA’s Columbus school of law and a Master’s degree from Cambridge University, England. His kids enjoy their summers at Chatham Beach & Tennis Club and Cape Cod Sea Camps.

Tara Douglas-Home, (Director)

Tara is an experienced British business advisor and has known Mr. Cooney for over 20 years. Having been to Chatham Cape Cod, he immediately “got it” when Tim pitched him Cape Cod Cellars and reminisced about good times at Lord Nelson’s in Norfolk. A seasoned private investor, he is currently a senior managing consultant in IBM Global Business Services with experience in the Retail, International E-Commerce and Utilities industries, among others. He is also a Director of Burnham Overy Boathouse Ltd (situated in a similar environment to Cape Cod in the UK), a governor of Westminster City School Academy in Central London, a trustee of a number of charities and is actively involved in the voluntary side of the Conservative Party. Tara graduated from University of East Anglia and Eton College. Tara’s depth of E-Commerce, the supply chain process and customer focused service will be essential as CCC expands to new markets.

Dr. Marcel Bessent Phd. (Director)

Someone who has his own footprint on Cape Cod, Marcel is a London resident, earning his undergraduate degree in Wales and received his PhD in physics from Cambridge University. Similar to Mr. Cooney, Dr. Bessent has significant experience in the investment field having worked for several years at JP Morgan running a derivatives arbitrage desk as well as the investment fund Citadel. Tim and Marcel got to know each other playing  on the football and rugby pitches as post graduate students at Cambridge.