Established in 1981, family-run Wignalls Wines was founded by Bill, Pat and Rob Wignall. The winery, now based on the outskirts of Albany, was passed onto the second generation of winemakers with Bill’s son Rob, and daughter in law Claire in 2004, for the next evolution in Western Australian winemaking. A multi award-winning winery, Wignalls Wines’ biggest win was for its premium chardonnay, winning ‘Australia’s Best White Wine’ and ‘The Best New World Wine’ at the Japan International Wine Challenge, the third largest wine show in the world at the time.
Wignalls Wines’ new generation has renewed emphasis on sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir. These main varieties all express their individual terroir styles from Western Australia’s most southerly based vineyard. The wine region of Albany is defined differently to other western regions – it is relatively mountainous, is on the cool Southern Ocean and features two significant rivers: the King and Kalgan rivers, bringing humidity and cooling influences into the many vineyards in the region.
Along with Wignalls Wines super-premium wine styles, it also produces styles for your everyday enjoyment, such as unwooded chardonnay and cabernet merlot, along with favourites such as a rosé and port, all available at the cellar door or online.
The cellar door is a truly memorable traveling experience from the Albany region. Only eight minutes from Albany’s central business district, it is the closest winery to the city center and unlike most Western Australian cellars, Wignalls Wines’ is old world, you will not find any polished concrete or stainless steel here. The unique, rustic cellar door was constructed in 1986 on site out of an old hay shed, featuring local stone and rough sawn jarrah timbers. Wignalls Wines’ belief is that an older winery should portray its heritage, and it does this beautifully. 2004 saw Wignalls Wines’ cellar door benchmarked by the Winemakers Federation of Australia as one of the best twenty-five cellar doors in Australia, a testament to the Wignalls foresight of going against the grain with a quaint cellar door, built out of local solid stone that the vineyard thrives in.
The atmosphere of the cellar door is warm and appetising, surrounded by lawn and garden area that forms a great environment to sit outside and enjoy. Over the summer months, Wignalls Wines plays host to large events, including providing a much-needed city venue to large international music acts. Once inside, peruse the “brag wall” to see Wignalls Wines’ extensive collection of medals and concert paraphernalia – a favourite with locals and returning customers from yesteryear.
⇐ 2022 Wignalls Premium Chardonnay
The complex bouquet of this wine reveals a subtle minerality, blending in with fresh lemon and citrus aromatics, followed by discreet chariness and vanilla from the best French oak. A creamy and multi layered texture showing citrus and limes on the palate, balanced by the refreshing natural acid on the finish.
⇐ 2022 Wignalls Pinot Noir
Complex, intense aromatics on the nose, with a black and full fruit spectrum of cherries, plums and underlying complex oak characters. The palate displays abundant sweet red cherries, and a beautiful long and medium weight finish.
⇐ 2023 Wignalls Sauvignon Blanc
Cool ferments have retained the natural freshness and crispness of the fruit. The lees were stirred weekly to gain mid weight complexity once in bottle. Intense overtones of passionfruit and tropical fruits such as feijoa, with an underlying cool climate varietal herbaceous-ness, derived from aromas of nettles, snow peas and fresh gooseberries.
⇐ 2021 Wignalls Cabernet Merlot
Up front fruit driven, voluptuous and full bodied. Fine grained tannins from “sweet” oak treatment. Complex nose consisting of intense raspberries with some blueberries, and underlying chocolate and smoky oak characters. Multi layered and round with pleasant integrated tannins and abundant dark fruits.
“A quaint cellar door, built out of local solid stone that the vineyard thrives in.”
448 Chester Pass Road,
Thursday to Monday 11am to 4pm
Extended hours through school holidays, long weekends
and peak summer periods
Weddings & Functions
Outdoor function venue for up to 4000 guests
Gourmet gifts and rare food and wine paraphernalia available at the cellar door