Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal name meaning "amongst the gum trees". Established in McLaren Vale in 1894 by well-known South Australian eccentric Robert Strangways Wigley, it was one of the first South Australian wineries to export across the globe in the early 1900s. Wirra Wirra has been proudly exporting wines to the world for over 100 years.
The Wirra Wirra tribe are serious about the wines they make and the biodynamic vines they grow, but believe it should always be fun. Famous for their outlandish ideas and sense of humour, the winery is home to as giant water-melon hurling catapult, host to hobby horse races and has a ¾ tonne bell that rings on occasion.
They own vineyards as well as sourcing fruit from trusted grapegrowers in McLaren Vale for red wines and Adelaide Hills for the whites. McLaren Vale has a Mediterranean climate, moderated by a maritime influence. Varied soils provide the scope for distinctive and diverse wines. Adelaide Hills has a reputation for producing some of Australia's best cool climate wine. The higher altitudes create warm, sunny days and cool nights: perfect for aromatic and cool climate grape varieties.
The philosophy of founder Gregg Trott, inscribed at the entrance of the winery, sums up everything Wirra Wirra is about: "Never give misery an even break, nor bad wine a second sip. You must be serious about quality, dedicated to your task in life, especially winemaking, but this should all be fun."