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Our Team


Nicky Stevens, General Manager / Owner

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 - conveniently overlapping with the birth of son No 1. Son No 2 arrived in 2015. Always an enthusiastic consumer of wine, Nicky has thoroughly enjoyed learning what it takes to grow, make and market it.

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Tim Stevens, Chief Winemaker / Owner

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.



Derek PeiWinemaker

Derek has been with us since 2021, taking over from Gavin Cui. Derek holds a Masters of Oenology from Adelaide University. Derek is a soft spoken, dryly funny joy. His exceptional palate and bright, enquiring intellect are part of what make him such a gifted winemaker. Derek enjoys spending time with friends, festivals and travel.

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Nathan Beer, Cellar Hand




Scott Gahan, Operations Manager

Scott joined us 2019, newly tree-changed to Mudgee from a lifetime in Sydney. A machine tool engineer in a past life, Scott joined us after years of travelling the world for work, which has made him an exceptional addition to the winery team, where complex, industry specific machinery can throw those less knowledgeable. Scott, along with his wife and two daughters, love to spend time with family, throw parties, eat delicious food and have excellent adventures.

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Jaime Milton, Warehouse Manager

Jaime joined the Huntington team as a cellar door member in 2013. After managing Cellar Door for several years, Jaime is now running the warehouse, museum shed and all our shipping! After exhaustively travelling the world in her twenties, including several years teaching English in rural China, Jaime has settled in Mudgee with her 2 beautiful children. She enjoys spending time with family, keeping fit and trying new things.



Paul Winfield, Vineyard Manager (VIGNERON OF THE YEAR, 2018 MUDGEE WINE ASSOCIATION)

A man of few words, Paul honed his viticulture skills in Robert Oatley’s impressive vineyards. He joined the team at Huntington for the 2014 vintage 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. 


Joel Powell, Vineyard Hand

Joel joined us in 2023 as part of the vineyard team. Coming from a lifetime of agricultural work and roles, including fencing, stock work, large scale farming and harvesting. He’s a Mudgee local, living here with his partner and son. Joel has been a fantastic addition to the team, with a fantastic work ethic and fabulous skillset. Joel enjoys spending time with his family, making moonshine and the great outdoors.



Helen Cox, National Treasure

With Huntington since 1999, Helen is an absolute treasure and worth her weight in gold. She’s our link to Huntington’s history – people and processes – our customer whisperer. Helen is a keen gardener, devoted grandmother, a fan of physical culture and groupie/roadie for her partner Bob, a renowned musician. She enjoys living in the bush, gardening, walking, bird and wallaby watching and spending time with friends and family.

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Maddi McFarlane, Goddess of Marketing

At 33 our resident digital native has had more jobs than she’s had hot dinners but has found a home with us for 7 years and we hope she’ll stay for many more! She’s managed restaurants, been a travel agent, fundraised in London during the GFC and backpacked Europe doing bar work amongst other things. Maddi is our fierce warrior woman, a mad animal lover and is a wildlife carer in her ‘spare’ time.

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Jenny Lewis, Cellar Door Manager

Jenny has been with Huntington on and off for over 13 years now, stepping in to support cellar door, run out of area events like Balmoral Wine Festival, organise winemaker’s lunches and immense amounts of help during festival. She joined us full time at the start of 2022 and is managing the cellar door full time now. Jenny enjoys spending time with her children, her beautiful dogs, gardening, partying and keeping fit.

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Paul Baguley, Vineyard Consultant

Paul Baguley of PBAG Agricultural Consulting has 22 years of experience in rural industry from livestock and grain trading to viticulture.

Chris Holden, Financial Controller

Chris, owner of Know & Grow, a local bookkeeping and accounts company, oversees the commercial and systems elements of the business. Her contribution to the smooth running and good order of the place is priceless!