The Habitat Series Volume 2
In Volume 2 of our HABITAT series, we catch up with Voyager Estate Viticulture Technical Officer, Alex Miller.
Alex has lived in Margaret River for 15 years and has been a mainstay of the Voyager Viticulture Team for 11 years. That’s a tenure to be proud of, and we’re thrilled that she keeps bringing her knowledge, good humour and love of the land to our vines.
We asked Alex what got her into Viticulture: “My dad,” she answers. “He was (vaguely) working with the wine sector back in the day. I always knew I had a ‘science brain’ but it was Dad who gently steered me towards the nectar of the gods!” Asked what she might have been if not a Viticulturalist, Alex says, “Something to do with people...this extrovert is wasted on the plants!” There’s that good humour we know and love!
Having been at Voyager for 11 years, Alex has certainly seen a few vintages and experienced some change, not to mention the journey of our vines to Certified Organic, the first of which were certified as of this year. We asked Alex what her proudest moment has been in her time at Voyager. “The 40th Anniversary weekend. Having a chance to celebrate and reflect upon many years of toil. Hosting the couple who planted the original Estate vines and hearing them say that we took their babies and turned it in to something so magnificent, was a fulfilling farmer moment.”
For those of who you would like to revisit our 40th weekend celebrations, visit our Instagram story highlights to see some of the action from the weekend.
To finish off our chat, here are a few quick-fire answers about what Alex loves about our Region:
What is your favourite way to unwind in Margaret River? “A long lunch – with lots of delicious wine – with friends at one of our amazing local haunts.”
What was the last bottle of Margaret River wine you opened that you loved? “Love my Chardy – Stevens Rd Chardonnay by Xanadu. Yum!”
Top 3 beaches/ sundowner spots? “Boranup Beach, Deepdene and Little Redgate. No matter the wind direction, one of these spots will have a protected nook.”
A little known fact about you? “I’ve been part of the same book club for 13 years. We have digested a lot of words....and wine!”
What wine jargon term is your least favourite? “Ah there’s so many; ‘unctuous’ is probably up there!”
You can catch more from Alex, including her top things to do with her dog, Nudge, in Margaret River, in our Instagram stories.