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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