Heath Wines. Alan Heath

Alan Heath has literally driven to drink.

The former racing car driver turned wine producer's adrenalin-filled life of hard knocks and winning, both on and off the track, has motivated him to realise his lifelong dream to be a part of the wine industry.

Born and raised in Perth , Western Australia , Alan attended 13 schools in seven years before shifting to South Australia as a teenager. He headed back to WA after school and held down 18 jobs in one year, from working in a thong factory to driving trucks and cleaning aircraft engines. He went on to become WA's youngest auctioneer at 18 years of age and in quick time developed his own $28m turnover motor dealer business.

In 1987 he turned from selling to driving…very fast. He entered the world of car racing, starting out in a Ford Mustang at Wanneroo and spent the next 13 years clinching 60 victories before turning his hand to touring cars at Bathurst, V8 Supercars at the Clipsal 500 and Le Mans racing – including the 24-hour Le Mans at Daytona, USA and an outright second place at the Le Mans Adelaide Street Race.

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