Winemaking Team

Damian Hutton

General Manager Wine / Chief Winemaker

Coming home and full circle, Damian Hutton commenced his lifelong love affair with Wine in 1987, under the watchful eye of his Uncle Ron. Ron Page was Houghton’s Vineyard Manger and put Damian to work weeding the very vineyards he now returns to, as Nikola Estate’s Chief Winemaker and General Manager.

From 2007, Damian Hutton headed winemaking operations at Millbrook Winery as Senior Winemaker, creating regional wines from fruit sourced from all premium Western Australian wine growing regions, winning Gold medals in every capital city wine show in Australia and every regional wine show in WA.

Having to build Nikola’s core wine offering from a small “Estate” range, Damian plans to scour the West Australian wine landscape, to produce a portfolio of wines that truly reflects the greatness that lies in the diversity of Western Australia.

Matty Trent

Vineyard Manager

Matty’s first exposure to the world of wine occurred while working in retail liquor in the early 90s. The spark was lit when he was sent off by his employer to do the Wines of WA wine appreciation course.

The production of wine grapes became an area of great interest, particularly due to his farming background. To pursue his passion for this versatile fruit, Matty relocated to Margaret River in 1997 to study Viticulture via distance education at Charles Sturt University.

Working in Margaret River, Frankland River and in the wine regions surrounding Adelaide, he has been exposed to a variety of production systems and wine styles. His strong interest in sustainability and alternative varieties of wine make him a valuable addition to one of the state’s most historic winemaking sites, as this new brand continues to grow.

Dan Charter

Winemaker

Daniel Charter developed his passion for wine in Adelaide, before moving to WA. Originally from Port Lincoln, he decided to build his knowledge of wine in Perth, completing a winemaking degree at Curtin University.

Upon graduation, Daniel worked at a number of wineries in the South West of WA before commencing as Assistant Winemaker at Oakover Wines. Daniel was promoted to Head Winemaker of Oakover Wines in 2018 and continues to hone his craft working with parcels of fruit from the Swan Valley, Perth Hills, Margaret River, Pemberton, and Frankland River.

His second passion being basketball, a ring inside the winery provides Daniel some relief after a long harvest day. However, his first love is wine and winemaking - with both Riesling and Shiraz being his favoured varieties to drink.

Jonathan Wholey

Senior Groundsman

Jonathan has an avid passion for creating beautiful and tranquil environments for all to enjoy. With over 30 years’ experience and qualifications in the discipline of horticulture, Jonathan jumped at the chance to become part of the dynamic team at both Nikola Estate and Oakover Grounds.

Working on the grounds of some of the top private schools in the state, he is accustomed to producing a high standard of turf grounds and surrounds at historic locations such as Guildford Grammar School and Scotch College.

It is with his vast experience and skillset that Jonathan hopes to nurture the grounds of these wonderful locations to reach their full potential and create an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

Rhian Thorpe

Cellar Door and DTC Manager

Rhian’s introduction to the wine industry began after returning home to Perth from working within the luxury sector at premium locations throughout London, Paris, Hong Kong and Bali. His passion for wine and customer service led to working at one of Swan Valley’s most historic sites and picturesque winery in the Perth Hills before returning to Australia’s second oldest operating vineyard.

Rhian is an advocate in preserving and promoting the history of the people and wine in Western Australia and of course showcasing the extensive range developed by the team at Nikola Estate.

Stacey Marsh

State Sales and Marketing Manager

Stacey has more than 17 years ‘experience in sales and marketing, 13 years specifically within the wine industry. She previously trained as a Chef in Perth and has been very fortunate to had worked with some amazing chefs and mentors in her early career.

Settling in the Swan Valley wine region, Stacey has worked for Oakover Winery in her role as the Sales & Marketing Manager since 2011. This role has seen her establish new distributors/ buyers and channels of distribution across multiple markets.

A member of the Swan Valley Winemakers Association, Stacey is a passionate advocate for the Swan Valley region and Tourism Alliance.

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