Alexandra Wardlaw - Staff Interview

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

From the Champagne region, a small town called Villenauxe-la-Grande. I studied winemaking for 4 years in Avize, a beautiful little town in the Cotes des Blancs.

WHEN DID YOU ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA?

January 2018. I originally planned on staying for just one vintage at Kirrihill, so not much in the suitcase. 4.5 years later, I’m still here!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE KIRRIHILL?

For its renowned cool climate Riesling as well as its proximity to the Yorke Peninsula and Adelaide. Our beautiful little Clare Valley is the perfect spot to enjoy a vintage coming from overseas and discover all things South Australia.

HOW MANY VINTAGES AT KIRRIHILL?

Vintage 2022 was my 5th with Kirrihill and my 3rd in a winemaking role.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CLARE?

Firstly, I love Clare because this is where I met my husband Sam, we actually met at Kirrihill! We have a one-year-old son named Oliver. I decided to start a family in Clare because this region represents everything I value, a strong and dynamic local community, innovative and humble winemakers. It’s one big family and it makes up for being away from mine in France.

ALEXANDRA’S ASPIRATIONS

I’m passionate about developing my skills to become a wine show judge. This is the best way to get to know more about all aspects of Australian wine and be involved in the wine community.