Meet The Hattingley Valley Team

Simon Robinson firmly believes in ensuring that his staff continue with their professional development and has supported countless employees with courses at Plumpton. So much so that Hattingley developed the UK’s first Apprenticeship programme in 2016, which is now running bi-annually, he has also funded trips for the winemakers to spend extended periods in other wine regions worldwide, ranging from the Central Otago to Champagne, ensuring that we are at the forefront of the winemaking world, simple yet extremely effective.

Owner & chairman

Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson is the Founder and Owner of Hattingley Valley Wines. A Hampshire resident, Simon was a senior partner at city law firm Slaughter and May for 24 years before planting his first vines. He called on the talents of Plumpton-trained winemaker Emma Rice to help start the vineyard in 2008.  In 2010, the eco-friendly winery was completed, and the first vintage bottled was then released in 2013. Following this, Simon finally quit his day job to pursue his winemaking dream full-time.

As well as supplying the on-and-off trade in the UK, Simon has targeted new markets, and Hattingley now exports a third of its wine around the globe, with the largest overseas markets being the US, Norway, Australia and Japan.

Hattingley Valley has quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most successful wineries, winning over 160 medals, 14 trophies, and three Best in Class for its English sparkling wines. It is recognised for its innovative and dynamic approach to winemaking, with award-winning English sparkling wines enjoyed throughout the UK and exported internationally to 16 countries.

Simon Robinson | Hattingley Valley

Head Winemaker

Robert MacCulloch MW

In 2022, Rob MacCulloch returned to his home county of Hampshire to take up the position of Head Winemaker at Hattingley Valley Wines. MW stands for Master of Wine, a highly acclaimed position in the wine trade with only 414 of them in the World; we are honoured to say that we have one here at Hattingley Valley.

With over two decades of experience in the wine industry, including a dozen harvests across five continents, Rob previously held the position of client winemaker for Hawke’s Bay Wine Company in New Zealand. He is one of a few full-time winemakers experienced in both wine production and wine commerce and boasts extensive skill with sparkling, white, rosé and red wines, in both cool and warm climates. From Margaret River in Australia to Mosel Valley in Germany, Rob has travelled the globe making wine, and is well experienced in every element from vineyard to dispatch, with small family wineries through to volume-driven, export-focused operations.

In his role at Hattingley Valley, Rob is responsible for leading the team of winemakers and overseeing the creation of the winery’s award-winning still and sparkling wines.

The Vineyard Team

Vineyard Manager

Colin Hayward

Vineyard Assistant

Andrew Smith

Vineyard Consultant

Romain Henrion

The Lab and Winery Teams

Laboratory & Quality Control Manager

Cláudia Lopes

Laboratory & Quality Control Assistant

Charlotte White


Will Beasley

Senior Cellar Lead

O’Shea Bailey


James Crabb

Winery Engineer

Trance Poa

The Production Team

Operations Manager

Rupert Lovie

Logistics Coordinator

Viktor Krug

Production Supervisor

Duncan Pate

Warehouse Operative

Douglas Whitby

Production Assistant

Joel Wilson

Production Assistant

Phoebe Simons

The Office Team


Bruce Green

Finance & Office Manager

Rebecca Gray 

Office Support

Zoe Wheeler

The Sales and Marketing Team

Sales & Marketing Director

Chris Unger

Marketing Manager

Carley Bassett

Tour Manager

David Rogers

UK Sales Manager

Oliver Putter

Events & Corporate Business Manager

Jamie Folley

Partnership & Events Manager (On Maternity Leave)

Rebecca Fisher

Marketing Coordinator

Poppy Foale