Nikki comes from a family of backyard winemakers. Some of her earliest memories were stomping on grapes in a bucket, staring at bubbles in fermentation vessels and crawling under the house to get a bottle of handmade wine for her parents.
She didn’t get into wine immediately after school but instead chose to study Mandarin Chinese and Commerce, which introduced her to the life of travel.
After spending a year travelling in China, Nikki got excited about the big world outside Melbourne and so packed her bags again, bought a guitar and spent the next ten years travelling around the world playing music.
After eight years, and to her parent’s immense relief, she hung up her travelling boots and came back to Melbourne. After a quick scramble to get her head around technology and the art of living inside, Nikki was lucky enough to land a job at De Bortoli where she was initiated into the world of amazing wine, food and beautiful people.
However, the bags were immediately packed again as De Bortoli sent her off into Asia and beyond to develop those markets before they really took off. During those years, Nikki realised this passion for wine was not going to go away. So, she enrolled in a winemaking degree at Charles Sturt and started digging out tanks and filling barrels in the Yarra at De Bortoli in between the jet setting.
Finally, in 2014, it was time to bid farewell to her wine family at De Bortoli and set up her own operation making wine, specializing in Italian grape varieties.
Nikki also completed the Wine Industry Future Leaders Program, which led to several industry roles including being the Wine Victoria board member responsible for trade and exports to China as well as serving on the Victorian Government Wine Ministerial Advisory Committee. She is actively involved in China exports and government relations for the Victorian wine industry and her door is always open for a chat over a lovely glass of vino.