In 1980’s Melbourne, Alex Russell’s journey into the world of fermentation was starting with humble beginnings; at the counter of a local store sat a Cooper’s homebrew kit and it seemed fate had a plan. With the goal of making a beer for his dad, Alex’s homebrewing repertoire soon included ginger beer, elderberry wine, cider, mead and wine made from grape juice concentrate. By the age of thirteen, Alex was already on the path to a promising future in winemaking.
A childhood spent growing fruit and vegetables, hunting for game and yabbie fishing after school instilled in Alex a deep respect for the land and all its bounty. This passion for agriculture alongside his budding fermentation hobby laid an obvious road to the pursuit of a career in winemaking.
"Alex Russell’s journey into the world of fermentation was starting with humble beginnings."
"Alex’s obsession with quality and sustainability is unwavering."
Alex’s obsession with quality and sustainability is unwavering. Nowhere is that more evident than with the release of his newest range of wines under the Russell & Suitor banner. Endlessly zealous about quality and craft, 2019 has seen Alex has set his sights on the cooler climate of Pipers River, north of Launceston, Tasmania. Under Russell & Suitor, Alex has been reinvigorated by the idyllic and pristine terroir of Tasmania, and the new opportunities such a climate presents. Alex has grabbed the bull by the horns with that familiar confidence beloved by Alex Russell Wines loyalists, yet with the gentle hand required of cool-climate winemaking.
While continuing to produce alternate varietal wines from the Riverland and Mildura region of South Australia, Russell & Suitor will be creating premium Tasmanian wines from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer to name a few.
With new lands come new opportunities and under Russell & Suitor, Alex will continue his tireless pursuit to create the best value and highest quality wines possible.