MURRAY and IAIN MONTGOMERY
The Montgomery name is well known in the south-west of Western Australia where the family has farmed for three generations.
The brothers who grew up on the Kalgan property took different career directions; Murray into farming and politics, Iain into psychology and education in Tasmania. Both have always had a passion for good wine, which led them with their wives to develop the Kalgan property and the rammed-earth cellar door facility.
Murray retired from state politics to pursue his passion and a new career in wine. A well known figure in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, Murray is a fervent spokesman for the rural sector and the local community. He represented the area in parliament for 12 years, holds numerous advisory positions and is a board member of the College of Agriculture in Denmark. He manages the farm property with his wife Pamela.
The two brothers and their wives, Pamela and Joan, formed a family company (Cheyne Creek Pty Ltd) in order to produce and market the wines under the Montgomery’s Hill label.
RAYMOND WILLIAMS; VITICULTURIST
Ray commenced his career at Goundreys in Mount Barker where he became responsible for the entire estate vineyards. Subsequently, with significant knowledge of the climate and soils of the Great Southern, he established his own viticultural consultancy and now manages a number of independent vineyards including Montgomery’s Hill which he helped plan and establish.
Ray Williams runs a very strict operation as far as the total wellbeing of the vineyard is concerned. The Cellar door and storage area was built away from the vineyard on Ray Williams’ advice to keep the public away from the vines for prevention of disease reasons. Montgomery’s Hill vineyard is quite idyllically situated with the closest vineyard being 10km from it. Consultants are employed during the winemaking process to ensure a quality product is produced from the excellent fruit grown at Montgomery’s Hill.
ALBANY GREAT SOUTHERN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Early explorer, T.B Wilson MD Surgeon RN came up the Kalgan River in a longboat during an 1834-35 expedition exploring the hinterland around the settlement of Albany . He wrote in his journal about the area which now comprises Montgomery’s Hill vineyard “this would be the place to grow the vine”.
The vines were planted in 1996 and have produced some excellent wines that have won numerous medals, including the 2007 Wine Wise Chardonnay trophy for the best wine under 300 tonne production in Australia.
The cellar sales outlet is open daily from 11am to 5pm (Winter months June to September 12noon to 4pm). Cheese or Yabby platters are available and can be enjoyed with a glass whilst sitting on the verandah enjoying the view.