Uncovering the Wines at Wirra Wirra Winery

Located in the hills surrounding Adelaide City, the Wirra Wirra Winery has become a bastion of winemaking in this creative part of Australia. Nestled amongst a collection of beautiful vineyards and soaring views, it is not just the wine that draws in visitors time and time again.

History of the Wirra Wirra Winery

The winery itself was established way back in 1894 by Robery Strangways Wigley, an eccentric South Australian cricketer. In its early days, the winery took off, proving to be a popular addition to the McLaren Vale vineyard collection. It was particularly well-known for its acclaimed Shiraz, which began being exported to England until Strangways Wigley died in 1926.

After this, things took a turn for the worse. The winery was left to go into a state of disrepair and was, eventually, abandoned. However, in 1969, Greg Trott and his cousin, Roger, saw the promise in the winery and started to rebuild from the remnants. wirra wirra

Today, the Wirra Wirra Winery is going from strength to strength, with a close-knit family team of winemakers who strive to create the best concoctions they can that both showcase the delicious grapes of the region and retain the rich heritage of the vineyard.

There’s a heavy emphasis on sustainability, too, like there is in many of the wineries in the area. McLaren Vale is known as one of the most sustainable wine regions in Australia, and the Wirra Wirra Winery plans to live up to this environmentally friendly reputation.

But it is the dedication to producing premium wines that puts the winery at the forefront of its region. Each distinct variety showcases the regional integrity of the locally grown white grapes, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling, which have been sourced from the nearby Adelaide Hills. Here, the climate is slightly cooler than McLaren Vale, lending the grapes a recognised flavour.

Of the vineyards owned by Wirra Wirra, there are a few that stand head and shoulders above the rest. Scrubby Rise, Nocowie (which was named by Trott’s father who happened to dislike cows), Chook Block (which can be found next to Trott’s chicken sheds), ’73 Block, Woodhenge, and House Block are amongst the best, producing the most flavourful fruit year after year.

Wirra Wirra Winery offers visitors the chance to explore all of these vineyards, as well as sample some of the much-loved flavours that are produced every year.

Why not explore our Adelaide City Tour if you’re in the area?

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