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.

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.


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