This is the culmination of Andrew Wood and Lisa Robertson’s wayward odyssey. Andrew left his career as a sommelier in London and retrained as a winemaker, working in Portugal, the UK, Italy and the Granite Belt (an eclectic selection), settling in McLaren Vale in early 2004. Working with Kangarilla Road winery for the next six years, while making small quantities of shiraz, cabernets and tempranillo from purchased grapes, led them to nebbiolo, montepulciano and shiraz. The wines are available from Vale Cru at the McLaren Vale Visitors Centre, Main Road, McLaren Vale; private tastings by appointment at WayWood. Exports to Canada and China.
WayWood Wines is the creation of UK native Andrew Wood, a former sommelier, and his Australian wife Lisa, a pharmacist by trade but 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, Lisa and Andrew decided McLaren Vale was the place they’d call home. “The region’s diversity, community and history have all added new elements as we, and our wines, continue to evolve,” Andrew says. “Our wines are made with food in mind, to be enjoyed with friends and family. They are approachable in their youth but, if cellared, will truly express the fruit, vintage, region and place. “I believe that, all too often in life, we are guided by regulation or conformity when sometimes you just have to follow your gut feeling and go with the flow – that’s my philosophy on winemaking.”
Tempranillo, Monastrell, Carignan, Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet
WayWood is in a community cellar door called the Vale Cru Wine Experience and is located at the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, Main Rd McLaren Vale. This space is the home for 5 small boutique brands and is always manned by a winemaker or owner/grower.
7 days: 11am-4pm
Details are correct at time of writing
Please check winery website for up to date details
International Sales Information
Direct only. Currently looking for export opportunities.
At Vale Cru, McLaren Vale
Vale Cru Wine Experience at 190 Main Rd, McLaren Vale, SA 5171
(08) 8323 8468