The Dr and the Chef ventured down to McLaren Vale to visit Wirra Wirra Wines, one of the Vale’s oldest wineries and originally established in 1894 by RS Wigley.

We were shown around this wine by Chief Winemaker Paul Smith, who also regaled us of the story of Mr Wigley….

From one of the oldest grenache blocks in McLaren Vale, came the opportunity to create a wine whose heritage dates back to our founder Robert Strangways Wigley’s time. Wigley was an eccentric whose lust for life had at times seen him fall foul of the law in his home town. In fact, one episode involving the ”acquisition” of the famous Adelaide pie-cart and a joy ride through the city streets was the catalyst for banishment to McLaren Vale. However Wigley did not abscond into the wilderness. He became known for his world class wines – including fortifieds made with the grenache of the day – and helped to build the reputation of McLaren Vale.