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Montgomery’s Hill is situated on the South Coast Highway (east) near Albany Western Australia. The vineyard is on a north-facing slope on the banks of the Kalgan River giving it ideal conditions for premium wine production.
Some Vital Statistics
The property is set on approximately 100 acres and the vineyard takes up 25 acres, or 10 hectares. In an average year we would produce 70-80 tonne of grapes. At roughly 850 bottles per tonne we get about 66,000 bottles or 5500 cases of wine. Vintage (picking) normally happens between March and April.
A Little Bit of History
Charles James Montgomery, the grandfather of the present owners, came from Ireland to Australia in 1889 and settled in Albany in 1923 when he bought the property from John McKail. The land title was one of the earliest titles surveyed in the area, and was granted to George Cheyne in 1831. The title has now passed to the third generation of Montgomery. Murray and Pam Montgomery, and Iain and Joan Montgomery were the foundation partners in the wine producing enterprise.
CJ Montgomery cleared the land where the vineyard is now situated. It was originally planted with potatoes and then became an apple orchard and later a pasture for cattle when CJs son, Maxwell, took over the property. Maxwell built and lived in the apple shed in 1932 until he built the cottage in 1934. When he married in 1937 he built the main house, where Murray and Pam now live. The planting of the vines commenced in 1996 with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In 1997 Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot were also planted.
Under the Liquor Control Act 1988, it is an offence:
- to sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licenced or regulated premises; or
- to a person under the age of 18 years to purchase, or attempt to purchase, liquor on licenced or regulated premises.