Chowilla Wines, Meningie opens under Jock and Elizabeth Robertson

The opening of a boutique wine-making operation at Meningie provided for a very civilised social occasion on November 26.

A small crowd gathered at Jock and Elizabeth Robertson’s home for the launch of the couple’s wine label, Chowilla Wines.

They shared a barbecue lunch and a few samples of the bottled product before Anglican priest Father Ian Jansse blessed the wine and its makers.

Mr Robertson became a hobby vintner in his retirement, but found enough demand for his reds that he began offering them for sale.

His grapes are sourced from a vineyard at Chowilla, in the Riverland, which was formerly an orange orchard owned by his uncle Doug Robertson; and his wine aged in barrels at Coriole, at McLaren Vale.

He is not the first member of his family to offer beverages for sale – two of his great-grandfathers owned pubs.

R Robertson built the Bushman’s Inn at Gawler in the 1840s, and Thomas Harvey had the Blanchetown pub in the mid-20th century.