Wirra Wirra Winery, McLaren Vale

(4.5/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal name meaning "amongst the gum trees". The McLaren Vale winery was established by Robert Strangways Wigley, a former state cricketer and well known eccentric. Following his death in 1924 the vineyards were sold by his family and the cellars fell into disuse. It remained that way until 1969 when the site was bought by cousins Greg and Roger Trott whom transformed it into the iconic McLaren Vale winery that it is today. "Trott" did this all in his own inimitable style - always passionate, always iconoclastic, always fun and always unique.

Trott passed away in 2005, but his philosophies are well integrated into the culture at Wirra Wirra. These are built around the celebration of life: good friends, fine food, lively conversation, wonderful music, and of course ...great wine.
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  • For many decades, I have declared a hatred of German Riesling wines. Wait, my friends told me, wait for Wirra Wirra. They were correct. Not just the Riesling but many of the other wines on offer here ...  more »
  • The winery is beautiful and well worth the visit just to see the front fence (made from HUGE logs). The wine is excellent, especially the Lost Watch and signature Church Block. The tasting room is cle...  more »
  • As part of our cheese and wine trial we ended up here. Great space, child friendly and welcoming. Toy box for kids a saviour! 
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  • Travelling around McLaren Vale I was advised by some friends to make this one of my stops, and I am very happy that I did. The lady that guided me through the wine section was delightful and charming. With great knowledge of the vineyard, the wines and story behind the label, which just added to the charm of the whole experience. Great modern open cellar door with lots of wood to give charm and character of the winery, I will return. Be sure to inquire at the cellar door about the 'red boat' on the wine label. Thank you.
  • My wife and I met a delightful young man Luke with his partner Holly; Luke proudly told us he works in the tasting room at Wirra Wirra. Like us they were in the Clare valley, perhaps Luke was spying out the opposition. At lunch they must have somehow overheard that my wife and I were celebrating our 45 years of marriage and as a wonderful gesture they bought us a bottle of Skillogalee Rose. This is a public thank you for their thoughtfulness. We trust Luke has a long future with Wirra Wirra and that the Luke/Holly relationship blossoms to a long future.
  • Great wine. Well worth visiting.
  • As well as the awesome wines, the winery itself is beautiful with beautiful surrounds. Lots of grounds for the kids to run around while you sample a few of the reds.
  • Beautiful winery, very well presented. The staff enjoy being there and appear to genuinely love the wine. I bought an RSW which I thought was their best for this seasons releases. The rest were good, but didn't really WOW me. Don't know if I'd put this winery on my "Must visit in McLaren Vale!" list. Definitely worth a look if you have time though.