Alex Head graduated from Sydney University in 1997 with a degree in Biochemistry before entering the wine industry. After a trip through the major wine-growing vineyards of Europe, he immediately started working in fine-wine management, wholesale importing and an auction house to gain a broad understanding of the world of fine wine. He then worked vintages with the wineries he held in the highest regard; Tyrrells in the Hunter, Torbreck, Laughing Jack and Cirillo Estate in the Barossa Valley followed and in December of 2008 he gained a Producer’s Licence and released his first wines to the public.
When he first started out in the wine industry, he fell in love with Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. But it was the discovery of Shiraz from Côte Rotie in France’s Rhone Valley that ultimately gave him the inspiration to work as a winemaker.
Tell us your story!
20 Year Wine Industry Renaissance Wine Veteran shaped by the Old World of Wine. Started making wine in 2006 with a focus on Rhone varietals in the Barossa and never looked back.
Tell us three things about your style of wines?
They focus on being balanced, age-able and delicious!
G, S or M?
All three together if you have the skills.
What can we expect from you at Game of Thrones?
I’ll probably be in character and trying to teach everyone about the joy of wine.
What’s your favourite/most memorable Rhone wine experience (can be a particular bottle or an experience)?
Drinking a 1990 Rayas with work colleagues in 2005 and then finally visiting Rayas in 2011.
If you were a Game of Thrones character, who would you be and why?
Tywin because he loves Dornish Wine… and so would I.
If you weren’t a winemaker, what would you be?
A coffee grader/importer/buyer/roaster.
What do you drink when no one is watching?
GSM from South Australia.