GRAPE & GRAIN is an independent family owned company formed in late 2012 by Matt & Clair Holden. Matt & Clair met in 1993, both first year university students. Over the past 25 years they have travelled the world, renovated their family home and have had three beautiful yet crazy children. Grape & Grain brings Matt Holden’s 25 years of industry experience and knowledge in wholesaling into the new age of the hospitality, service and supply industries.
We proudly represent 26 wineries and 6 breweries covering both 'Grape' and 'Grain' as our name suggests, with the '&' extending to spirits and cider. We have chosen our partners firstly for their quality but also for their family roots, their passion for their craft & in some cases their quirkiness
We take pride in our diverse range of wines and beers. Within our varied range are a large selection of small batch & minimal intervention wines, in addition to organic, biodynamic and vegan wines, beers & ciders.
Joining Matt & Clair are Chris, Maria, Chris T (Tilley) & Kelly who make up the Grape & Grain team.
Matt’s passion for photography was overtaken by his passion for wine in his early twenties. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Photo Media he hung up his camera to taste his way through many tasting panels. Matt has 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, managing top venues all around the world, eventually settling back in Perth he went on to work in the wine wholesale industry for 10 years deciding to go out on his own in 2013.
Fresh from completing her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Media Clair took a sales role with Peters & Brownes, WA’s leading supplier of dairy and ice cream products. Over 13 years she excelled in many roles including Channel Management, Trade Marketing & Sales Management. In August 2013 Clair took the plunge and resigned from Brownes to join the Grape & Grain team. Clair now splits her time between running all marketing and sales support for Grape & Grain and looking after three young children, often both roles at the same time.
Sales Consultant / Cicerone ® Certified Beer Server
Chris graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in New York. His love for Ice Hockey saw him move to Bristol, England where he played Semi Pro Hockey while managing Bentley Wine Bar, this is where he acquired a taste for wine. After moving to Australia Chris continued working in hospitality for a period of time, after a few stints in wine logistics he settled into sales working for over 10 years in wholesaling before joining Matt once again at Grape & Grain.
Sales Consultant / W.S.E.T Dip & Cicerone ® Certified Beer Server
Maria loves wine! After getting her BA in Culinary Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology Maria spent time in Michelin starred kitchens only to discover that wine was her real passion. She started her career in the wine industry in Ireland’s oldest wine merchants and continued her wine education completing her Diploma from the coveted Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London. Maria moved to Perth, worked a vintage in Margaret River in 2011 and then settled into the world of wine distributing.
Sales Consultant / W.S.E.T Level 3
Chris, or Tilley, as he’s known in the office started his hospitality journey at 17 after winning a national Gold Medal in Rowing and finishing high school. He bartended during his study at Murdoch University and quickly found himself entwined in the cocktail world. After managing some of Perth’s most well known venues he started studying wine more studiously successfully completing W.S.E.T Level 3. Tilley has now decided to put his knowledge of hospitality and his passion for quality wine and beer together and move to sales to help create solutions for both retail and on premise venues.
Kelly and Matt met many years ago working together at 44 King St back in 1999. Luckily for Grape & Grain Clair ran into Kel at the local shops and asked if she wanted to join her & Matt to start their new business. Kel is now not only the office guru but now also Aunty Kelly to Matt & Clair’s three kids.