Wirra Wirra Vineyards was originally established in 1894 by known South Australian eccentric and cricketer Robert Strangways Wigley. The winery prospered in its early days but eventually ran into disrepair and abandoned.In 1969 under the watchful eye of the late Greg Trott ,Wirra Wirra was rebuilt from the remnants of two walls and some slate fermenting tanks. As with all subsequent Trott endeavours, it was the sheer magnitude and unlikeliness of the project that made it so attractive. Today Wirra Wirra is well known for intense, beautifully crafted McLaren Vale red wines and expressive, elegant Adelaide Hills whites, forging an enviable reputation as one of Australia’s most recognisable and leading wineries and the top rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion for over a decade. It’s also a much-loved McLaren Vale destination for visitors where the message is not to take life too seriously – just winemaking!
Location of Vineyard
Wirra Wirra Vineyards is situated 3.7km from the township of McLaren Vale in South Australia. Originally settled in 1838, McLaren Vale has become one of Australia’s most highly regarded wine regions, just 45 minutes by car from Adelaide, the state’s capital. Its Mediterranean climate and proximity to the Gulf St. Vincent provides the region with a unique ability to produce consistent, richly complex and long lived wines from classic grape varieties, in particular that powerhouse of the Australian wine industry, shiraz. For Wirra Wirra's white wines, we source fruit from the nearby Adelaide Hills region. The Adelaide Hills is home to some of Australia’s most elegant cool climate wines, displaying great finesse and varietal intensity. The region is located east of Adelaide, in the Mount Lofty Ranges, the highest vineyards are sited between 600-650 metres altitude. It may surprise to learn that ‘The Hills’ is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography and have been the prime source for The 12th Man Chardonnay and Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc.
The winemaking philosophy under the watchful eye of Senior Winemaker Paul Smith, is all about ‘letting the fruit shine’. Paul’s ambition is for the wines to look bright and lively in the glass and reflect the site or vineyard that spawned them. The fruit source is paramount, whether it is from the old vines on the Wirra Wirra estate, or from their loyal band of growers across McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.