Where it all began…
The 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 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.
From there the portfolio has grown. Although concentrating on Mediterranean varieties, styles and always with food in mind including Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo and Monastrell; however Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet offer balance and truly reflect the diversity of the region.
The multi award winning winery was awarded a five red-star Halliday Wine Companion in 2016, a true testament to passion, hard work and creativity that has created this exciting diverse wine range.
A Luscious Red
In late 2014 another piece fell into the place when the WayWood Cellar door was opened. It is also the home for Luscious Red Food, a simple kitchen offering guests an opportunity to sample wines and dishes inspired by the makers’ years of international travel.
More importantly allowing Lisa the opportunity to indulge her passion to showcase the region’s abundant fresh and seasonal produce and designed to complement the wines. The food is shareable and rustic with the menu changing weekly inspired by the wines that Andrew is featuring, variety, current, new or museum release. Finding local authentic food flavours to match a wine style, like central Italian to go with one of our favourite wines Montepulciano.
They also offer a wine flight experience, where 3 of the wines are matched with 3 bite size morsels, exploring and highlighting elements in each. As summer approaches the vision is to extend to 4 and 5 courses with the introduction of international and interstate wines to enhance their customers experience and allow them to further explore the magic of food and wine.
The business is also located on the same site where they live, so you really feel like you’re being welcomed into their own home and gardens… it just happens to have one of the best views anyone could hope for.
Andrew Wood and his wife, Lisa Robertson, have together created a welcoming space and a unique wine and food experience.
The addition of 4-bedroom luxury accommodation on their vineyard in 2016 sees their vision and hospitality to a whole new level, with the intention to offer complete packages to truly explore McLaren Vale, its wine, food and people, the full experience.