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.