Finished in 2007, a French Renaissance castle was built as a facre’ to the operating winery and houses a reception, 20 seat private tasting room and offices.
The inspiration for it came to Kevin and Jenny McKay during a 90 day bike ride through Europe.
Riding through the famous Loire Valley wine region they were struck by the beauty of the French Renaissance architecture all around them. Kevin dreamed one day of recreating the experience in Margaret River.
“As you thread your way along a gravel track up a hill through a thicket of trees you are suddenly confronted with what appears to be an enchanted castle.
But this is no fairy tale. It is in fact a 17th-century French chateau reminiscent of the Renaissance architectural-style that thrived under King Louis X1V.
But its seclusion and proposed use will keep it from the public’s eyes.
The building is a culmination of the ideas of the ‘three musketeers’, Kevin McKay, Redmond Sweeny and Michael Langridge at Forester Estate.
Just like the 17th-century swashbuckling heroes of Alexandre Dumas’ novel, it’s a team on a mission. They want to create something unrivaled in the Margaret River wine region.”
Rob Bennett, Rural Press, Western Australia, 22nd August 2006.