Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards, McLaren Vale
(4.7/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
Kay Brothers Amery Winery – A Pioneer Winery

gracing the foothills of the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges.

McLaren Vale’s oldest family owned winery is celebrating its 124th year, Kay Brothers is unique in the proud tradition of McLaren Vale.

Herbert and Frederick Kay took possession of Amery in 1890 and started a diary that has been entered daily ever since. They pain-stakingly recorded the tasks of planting vineyards, building the winery and daily routines of workers and family. The original Block 6 Shiraz planted in 1892 is one of the icons of the region.

In 1895 the winery buildings were started based on A.C. Kelly’s gravity principals and the first wine made. The original brick fermenting tanks, the buildings built from stone gathered from the property and the hydraulic-powered basket pressed installed in the 1920’s still constitute the operational heart of the winery to this day.

Frederick died in 1947 and Herbert a year later, they had been partners in business for fifty-seven years which is a remarkable record on the Australian Winemaking scene. Herbert’s son Cuthbert – known to all as Cud took over the winery in the 1930’s and increased the vineyards and was winemaker for over 30 years.
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  • We made this stop after our other option was unavailable. Woow what a second chance It should have been our 1st Even though it was busy the staff made everyone feel welcome and important- true credit ...  more »
  • The first thing that strikes.you are the views across their vineyards and down the vallley. Enter into a delightful old cellar door and a hearty welcome awaits you. The wines are scrumptious. Some ver...  more »
  • This place is a classic, one of the early wineries in this great wine region. If you love a traditional big, bold Shiraz...this is the place to be. The Hilltop Shiraz is a beauty. Unfortunately, the l...  more »
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  • If I had to sum up Kay Brothers in one word it would be EXCEPTIONAL. Greeted by a warm friendly smile from Wendy our lovely cellar door wine expert, and a warm roaring fire was just the start of our great experience. Out of all the wineries we visited (and we visited a lot), this by far on customer service alone was fantastic. My partner and I were educated on what we drank and also given a history lesson on the area and surrounds. The wine was the icing on the cake. I'm a red drinker and was pleasantly surprised by the white on offer, but also overwhelemed by the large selection of great wines on offer. If there is one winery not to miss in Mclaren Vale then Kay Brothers is it. I'll be back again and again. Thank you Wendy and the team for a great time.
  • Nice lot of reds, good body and taste. Brought their tawny, very nice
  • Amazing service! Absolutely delightful fortified wines. Lovely chat with Bob, who recommended several other wineries suited to our taste. Excellent all round, beautiful picnic spot and scenery.