Award winning WayWood Wines is the creation of UK Native Andrew Wood, a former Sommelier and restaurant manager, and his Australian wife Lisa Robertson, a pharmacist by trade, a culinary creative at heart.
After leaving the restaurant scene to work vintages in Portugal, Italy, the UK and the Granite Belt, Andrew decided it was time to pursue his personal winemaking ambitions. The couple went searching for the perfect environment in which to create the wine styles they had enjoyed in their European travels, plus those they had talked and dreamt about.
In 2004 they decided to call McLaren Vale home, the region’s diversity, community, and history had all the elements, both aspirational and lifestyle, to allow their dream to become a reality.
The first vintage was the 2005 Shiraz Cabernet, a true Australian classic blend that had first drawn Andrew’s eye to Australian wine. However, his true passion to create Mediterranean inspired wines began in 2007 with his first vintage of Tempranillo.
Experimenting over the years with many Mediterranean varieties and styles, the purchase of their vineyard property in 2015, returned the focus back to McLaren Vale’s stalwart, Shiraz.
The grafting of Carignan in 2017 retained Andrew’s passion for experimentation, and looking at new varieties for the region. With its homeland in Spain, Carignan is the perfect blending partner for Grenache, Tempranillo and Shiraz.
Andrew is now focusing on where great wines are made. In the vineyard, tending the vines himself then nurturing the fruit through to the bottle.
The vineyard property also offers accommodation, so visitors can indulge in the winemaker’s lifestyle and enjoy the stunning views the property offers. A well-appointed modern 3-bedroom home and a large open plan studio are available individually or together for groups up to 8.
WayWood Vineyard Accommodation is the perfect base from which to explore the region’s award winning wineries, restaurants, national parks and glorious beaches. As well as indulge in WayWood’s award winning wines from the vineyard.