By Clair Morton
Last updated on: January 17, 2019 at 11:07 am
What’s in a name? Every good wine has a story behind it, and some of the tales behind Wirra Wirra’s most famous varieties are truly larger than life.
Here are a just few of our favourite stories from the McLaren Vale winery, as told between wine tastings and the sampling of delicious local produce on the Flagships of Wirra Wirra tour.
The Absconder Grenache
It’s a tale almost too bizarre to be true – a boozy cricketer being sent to run a winery as punishment for a stealing a pie floater cart.
But that’s exactly what happened to Robert Strangways Wigley in 1894. After a night of drinking, the rambunctious bachelor came up with the idea to steal a pie cart parked out the front of a cricket stadium.
After a few more beers, he hooked up his horse and rode off down the main street with the cart.
Perhaps feeling his nephew was more trouble than he was worth, Robert’s uncle – who happened to be the Lord Mayor of Adelaide – bought 200 odd acres of land in McLaren Vale and announced that Robert would acquire the land. That’s one way to banish a disruptive family member.