Assistant Winemaker

Oliver Styles

Oliver Styles studied literature at the University of London and the Sorbonne in Paris before starting his career in wine at Decanter magazine, where he spent six formative years tasting and writing about everything from Swedish Sauvignon Blanc to Patagonian Pinot Noir.

After interviewing the late Didier Dagueneau for the magazine in 2007, he was inspired to consider a career change to winemaking. He left the post of Deputy Editor of eighteen months later and completed his first vintage in Spain in 2009.

Further vintages in Spain, France and New Zealand followed before he was lured to Hawke's Bay and the promise of working with an array of great wines at Vidal Estate.