general manager - Alex Kirkwood
For Alex Kirkwood, discovering the intricacies within the wine industry has been an exponential journey. In his career so far, various experiences have embedded a devotion and passion for knowledge and skill. Having earned priceless opportunities to observe and network, Alex owns a desire to foster and build relationships with growers and producers. Learning to understand the processes and individual philosophies behind both wine making and the winemakers themselves, is a priority for him.
Alex’s front-of-house experience has included time at both Quay and Rockpool Bar and Grill. His introduction into wine and beverage specialisation, began in a role at Aria Brisbane.
Alex brings a personal element to managing the beverage program at Aria. Here, he focuses not only on the larger local and international players but supports winemakers whose primary emphasis is the quality of what their vineyards produce. His tendency to seek out ‘those who want to make wine that speaks of place’ invites Aria to highlight some of the world’s smaller producers and ‘cult heroes’ that may be largely unfamiliar, yet worthy of the spotlight.
Alex’s Head Sommelier role requires a particular and involved relationship with clients. By establishing relationships, building rapport and learning to understand diner’s individual tastes, Alex creates an experience that enlightens, delights and surprises. He relishes in the excitement of sharing in his passion and vision, whether it's attending to a wine novice or a dedicated enthusiast.
Having worked at two Aria restaurants, Alex understands the establishment’s reputation for seamless professionalism and genuine hospitality. Above all, he aims to deliver an unforgettable beverage and overall dining experience to every guest at Aria.
Now in our 21st year, we are thrilled to announce Alex Kirkwood's appointment as General Manager at Aria. “I’m so honoured to be appointed as general manager of Aria, earning the trust of such a brilliant team to lead the venue through a new and exciting phase,” says Kirkwood.
Kirkwood will continue to oversee Aria’s wine program which will also involve the launch of the highly anticipated Aria Wine Bar.