Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards, McLaren Vale

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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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  • Fascinating cellar door with huge old wooden vats, or barriques, behind the counter and photos of the family and early days of the winery on display. Gorgeous reds. It's been a family owned business f...  more »
  • We checked online and the cellar door is meant to be open until 5pm, but when we arrived at 4pm it was already closed, which is very disappointing. Recommended you call beforehand to check they are ac...  more »
  • We thought good wine with a fantastic meal. We had a table with a great view. Service was very good.  more »
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  • Beautiful winery and great cellar door. The views are amazing and we found it very kid friendly.
  • Fantastic selection of wines and the staff were exceptional. Great view. Wish we could have stayed longer.
  • Very nice view! Full of history. One of the oldest vineyard in the region. Nice wine of course. Just bit expensive compare with others.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Consider the northern stretch of Main Road if you're looking for exclusive luxury lodges attached to wineries, and rental villas with excellent views of the surrounding rural landscape. East of the village, you'll find a camping and caravan park, which is ideal for families wanting to explore all the area has to offer. For more budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, consider staying in Adelaide, located under an hour's drive to the north.
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