A Little Bit of History
Charles James Montgomery, 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.
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.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. Murray and Pam Montgomery, and Iain and Joan Montgomery were the foundation partners in the wine producing enterprise.
Phil Shilcock and Michelle Gray took ownership of the property October 2017 and plan to continue to make fine table wine as well as add a restaurant and function centre.