Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards, McLaren Vale

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Winery / Vineyard
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 127th 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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  • our first time here even though we have visited the mclaren vale area before, we were not disappointed. the knowledge and friendliness of the staff made you feel at home, beautiful wines we ended up l...  more »
  • Another winery recommended we go there for wanting to try some port. Loved the visit to one of foundation places still operating and an awesome lookout spot for view photos. Nice display of their hist...  more »
  • 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 »