The Huntington Estate team
Nicky Stevens, General Manager, Owner
General Manager / Owner, Nicky Stevens
After 14 years in global FMCG marketing based in London, Amsterdam and Milan and spending most of her days flying around the world on aeroplanes, Nicky joined Tim in Mudgee in 2008 in search of the quiet life. Hah. She took over the running of the Music Festival in 2009 and the business in 2013. Always an enthusiastic consumer of wine, Nicky has thoroughly enjoyed learning what it takes to grow, make and market it.
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Chief Winemaker / Owner, Tim Stevens
Rural journalist for The Land, The Australian and ABC Radio, Tim Stevens took to the vines after completing a winemaking course at Charles Sturt University. He bought neighbouring Abercorn Wines and then in 2005, after winning a number of awards, purchased the iconic winery Huntington Estate
Lester Xiao Yang
Assistant Winemaker, Lester Xiao Yang
Lester has a Masters in Oenology and has worked Vintages all around the world. In 2014 he came to Huntington to support the team during Vintage, then left to do another in California. We were so impressed with his fantastic palate and wine knowledge as well as the way he worked with the team, we begged him to come and join us for the 2015 Vintage and to stay to lead the day to day work in the winery. Contact Lester for your contract winemaking needs.
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Cellar Hand, Gage Loveridge
Gage has just started with Huntington Estate, we’ll update his biog when we know a bit more about him!
Vineyard Manager, Paul Winfield
A man of few words, Paul honed his viticulture skills in Robert Oatley’s impressive vineyards. He joined the team at Huntington for Vintage 2014 after a brief spell as a baker (he makes the best churros you’ve ever tasted), and works tirelessly to nurture the vines and maintain vineyard equipment, infrastructure and the winery grounds. The vineyard has never looked better thanks to his care and hard work.
Vineyard Consultant, Paul Baguley
Paul Baguley of PBAG Agricultural Consulting has 22 years of experience in rural industry from livestock and grain trading to viticulture.
Contact the Paul Baguley at www.pbag.com.au/about.html
Sales & Marketing
Customer Service, Helen Cox
Helski is our longest-serving employee (we celebrated 15 years in 2014) and is our much loved “Treasure”. She is to be found manning the Cellar Door and the telephones during the week engaging with our loyal customers. She enjoys living in the bush, gardening, walking, bird and wallaby watching and spending time with friends and family.
Financial Controller, Chris Holden
Chris, owner of Know & Grow a local book keeping and accounts company, works one day a week at Huntington Estate (Wednesdays) and oversees the commercial and systems elements of the business. Her contribution to the smooth running and good order of the place is priceless!
Accounts, Alison Slevin
Al has worn many hats – in roles as diverse as Publican, Acting CEO of the Mudgee Region Tourist Office, Bookkeeper and mother of 2. At Huntington, Al is in charge of accounts, payroll, HR, insurance and other tricky things that come up like export. Al works part time usually from Tuesdays to Thursdays and her ready laugh, 'can do' attitude and positive outlook are appreciated by all.
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Music Festival Partners
Carl Vine, AO – Artistic Director
Carl Vine AO is one of Australia's best known and often performed composers, with an impressive orchestral catalogue featuring seven symphonies and ten concertos. His piano music is performed frequently around the world and recordings of his music on more than 60 CDs play regularly on Australian radio. He has an extensive range of chamber music alongside various work for film, television, dance and theatre. Although primarily a composer of modern art music, he has undertaken such diverse tasks as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games (Atlanta, 1996). In his role as Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia Carl is also Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival, Australia's most prestigious chamber music festival. In 2014 Carl accepted a post as Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Musica Viva Australia – Artistic Partners
Musica Viva Australia is a unique organisation in the Australian cultural landscape. Music is our passion. Through our two areas of activity – Concerts and Education – our goal is to bring it to as many people as possible.
Theme and Variations – Piano Services
In 1995, piano technician Ara and his wife Nyree formed Theme & Variations offering tunings, restorations, sales and hire services.
Theme and Variations partners with many arts and community organisations including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, The Queensland Music Festival, the Sydney International Piano Competition, The Huntington Estate Music Festival and many others.
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ABC Classic FM – Broadcast Partners
Fine Music FM - Broadcast Opening Weekend Partners