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    Wildshark Vineyard Tour Guide, Alex

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Meet Alex! Alex will be your tour guide when you visit us at Wildshark and is an expert in wine and will be guiding you through the vineyard, sharing his knowledge and conducting your tastings!

He’ll answer any questions you may have and make sure you have the most magical time with us. We had a chat with him to find out what an average day looks like to him and what his favourite part of being a wine tour guide is!

What got you interested in working at a vineyard?

I previously worked as an assistant operations manager with Elite Pubs. This gave me access to learning more about vineyards when learning about wines and this inspired me. I loved the widen open space, being around nature and most of all the wines! Trying the different wines and seeing how the vineyards progress over time made me think a career in wine might be where my passion truly lies.

It amazes me that from a little plant comes a fruit and from a fruit you get a delicious wine to enjoy in the sunshine.

What is your favourite part of working at Wildshark?

Without a doubt, my favourite part of working with Wildshark is tasting the delicious wines. Gaining knowledge to then pass on to like-minded wine lovers on tours is so exciting. Getting to meet new people every day and open their minds to the world of wine is something I love about my job.

What are you most looking forward to this year and next year?

I’m looking forward to making sure that people hear about Wildshark and the super quality wines we currently offer and will be offering in the future, as well as our gin. Getting the Wildshark name out there is really important to me, I want to share my passion with others and over the next few months as we open and into next year, we’ll only grow stronger!

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What’s your personal favourite wine?

I don’t really have one favourite wine! I love sparkling wine, I love red, rosé and white – I love them all! It’s pretty amazing the quality of wine we’ve been able to achieve with our vines considering their age!

My favourite depends on my mood but I also love to do wine pairings with food – it depends what I’m eating! I love to try all wines especially from the new world.

What does an average day at the vineyard look like to you?

A day at the vineyard starts by preparing for the day the day before. We start by checking everything is set up for the day. Making sure the areas we will be visiting are all clean and tidy as well as ensuring the wine is ready to be served. All the food packages must be ordered and prepared to perfection ready to go. I will then meet and greet our first tour customers before taking them on their wine tour journey, taking in the views and trying superb quality wines. Taking care of our customers every need, answering all questions and making sure customers leave happy! Finally, we’ll clear all the spaces visited after bidding farewell to our lovely customers. We make sure all rubbish is accounted for and re-cycled where we can!

A few days a week, I’ll join the viticulture team. I want to learn as much as I possibly can about the entire process of planting, nurturing, harvesting and finally making the wine to give my customers the very best experience when they come on a tour with me!

What advice would you give to someone looking to become a wine tour guide?

The best advice I would say is to bring your personality with you all the time, be yourself! Start learning as you go, use every experience as a learning experience. When it comes to working with people and doing tours, your personality is so important! You can learn all you need to know about the wines but having that bubbly personality is where you start!

Visit some vineyards and ask if you can shadow or volunteer or start working around wines perhaps in a restaurant or pub – the more knowledge you can pick up along the way will help you greatly!

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’ve visited many vineyards and Wildshark really has something special. From natural springs to the stunning lake to all the local wildlife is breath-taking and something I’ve never seen before. The viticulture team work tirelessly to ensure the vineyard is always looking its best as well as helping to produce top quality wines!

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