Welcome to Wignalls Wines in Albany, Western Australia
Wignalls Wines was established on the outskirts of the City of Albany in 1982, after extensive research and investigations into “Terroir” by our founder Dr Bill Wignall and close family friend Mr Tony Smith.
Climatology results from the near by weather bureaux at Albany’s airport, showed Albany’s growing conditions in Spring and Summer were virtually identical to the famous wine growing region of Burgundy in central France, thus it was decided to experiment with Burgundian varieties such as the then unknown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – all well known today!
First vintages saw amazing results with Trophies and Gold medals for both Pinot and Chardonnay, and subsequently over fifty Trophies and Gold’s have been won by our family estate to date, both Domestically and Internationally.
A dedicated winery on site was constructed in 1997 to accommodate the estate fruit, that required specific hands on winemaking that was not achievable with external contract facilities
The winery was passed onto the second generation of winemakers with Bills son Rob and Daughter in law, Claire, in 2004 for the next revolution in Western Australian winemaking. With the two main varieties still our vision, Sauvignon Blanc is becoming renowned for Wignalls with cross blending from numerous blocks on the property, all expressing their individual terroir styles.
2004 saw Wignalls cellar door Benchmarked by the “Winemakers Federation of Australia” as one of the best 25 cellar doors in Australia, a huge achievement for Dr Wignalls foresight of going against the grain in WA and making our cellar to look old and quaint, built out of local solid stone that the vineyard thrives in. It is usual for WA cellar doors to be ultra modern with large areas of glass and stainless steel!
Along with our “Super Premium” wine styles, Wignalls also produces “every day” styles for your enjoyment, such as Unwooded Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot, along with favourites such as a Rose` and Port available through our cellar door 7 days a week.