Meet the crew

About Us

It all started out in the 1990’s with Tony Laithwaite, flying a bunch of Aussie winemakers (the ‘Flying Winemakers’) over to France to show the old dogs some new tricks. This is where the RedHeads seed was sown for a new wave in winemaking. 

We setup in McLaren Vale, South Australia in 2002, in an old restaurant, called RedHeads! The site was used by moonlighting winemakers to break free from the corporate shackles to come and make “real” wines, the way they wanted to. Tiny batches, hands-on, interesting blends and big flavours. 

Now our roots are firmly planted in the Barossa and we have a custom-built winery with sustainability at the core and our own dedicated team. 

Our principals are the same. Our aim… grape liberation. We hunt down premium parcels of fruit that was destined to be blended into some big name, nondescript wine and we give it the attention it deserves in the RedHeads winery.  

We work with over 20 different varieties, all kept separate in the winery and all going on to form wines with individuality and unique character. No two wines are the same. 

We can’t save them all, but we try. The “Movement” goes on. 

Flying Winemakers

1980’s / 1990’s

Birth of RedHeads in an old Restaurant in McLaren Vale

2002

RedHeads move to Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale

2008

RedHeads adventure continues as we packed the ute and went to the Barossa

2014

Newly built eco-winery completed at 258 Angaston Rd!

2018

RedHeads opens its Studio Bar

2019

The Team

Meet the dedicated team behind RedHeads, who work tirelessly from vine to bottle and beyond, to ensure our wines can be enjoyed around the wine at the peak of their condition.

Discover the members across winemaking, our valued growers, including our ‘GreyHeads’ and key back-up crew, these are the ones slogging away with the general day-to-day admin of RedHeads, you know, the dull stuff!

Iain Muggoch

General Manager

Wine man extraordinaire with experience in Australia, South Africa and France, Iain is RedHeads’ General Manager based in the UK.

Alex Trescowthick

Operations Manager / Chief Winemaker

Our RedHeads Chief Winemaker and Operations Manager, the man with the grape liberating plan; taking us to daring new heights.

Tom Laithwaite

Almost born into RedHeads, Tom was there from the beginning in 2002 as a fresh-faced 18-year-old. His dad Tony might have got him into wine, but it was RedHeads that made him love it.

Henry Laithwaite

Henry’s winemaking experience extends to the Rhône, Bordeaux, the Ardèche and Australia including at the original RedHeads Studio in the McLaren Vale. He still returns every year to make his beloved Wilson Gunn.

Alex Crawford

Sales and Marketing

Alex is the face of the brand for anyone in the Northern hemisphere. His passion is boundless, knowledge endless and can be found shouting about anything and everything RedHeads to whoever wants to listen.

 

Jane Ryan

Production & Logistics

Jane manages all the production and logistics for RedHeads wines ensuring they are bottled, packaged and delivered accurately. 

Where would the team be without her attention to detail?

Petrina Whitehead

Production & logistics

Taking over Jane’s crucial role while she is on maternity leave, Petrina has slid seamlessly into the team managing RedHeads production and logistics.

Darren Harvey

winemaker

Working alongside Alex making the bevy of RedHeads wines crafted in the RedHeads Village, Darren can be found tending fastidiously over the wines in the winery.

OUR GROWERS

Adrian Hoffmann

Barossa, South Australia

Roccat Vineyards

One Tree Hill, South Australia

Jeff & Wilma McMurtrie

McLaren Vale, South Australia

Matt & Deb Poole

Barossa, South Australia

Trevor Boerth

McLaren Vale, South Australia

Richard & Anne Hughes

Clare Valley, South Australia

Darren Arney

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Lloyd Brothers

McLaren Vale, South Australia

Darren and Pricilla Heidenreich

Possum Creek Vineyards, South Australia

The Greyheads