Kevin McKay

Winemaker, Vigneron, Owner.

After attending Muresk Agricultural College, Kevin chased the good life and came south with surfboard under arm.

Realising the potential of the region as a producer of premium wines, he set about developing 70 acres of vines at the family’s Abbey Vale property in 1986.

Having conquered this challenge, Kevin sought further fruit by developing 100 acres via contract growers. The wood for the grower’s vines was taken from the Abbey Vale property and planted under Kevin’s guidance.

Sensing the need to value-add, Kevin soon realised the importance of being able to make wine. He turned his attention to winemaking.

To strengthen Kevin’s winemaking he engaged the services of consultant winemaker Dorham Mann, previously from Sandalford and Houghton, in the early nineties. Dorham has been Kevin’s mentor ever since.

Kevin was winemaker and vigneron at Abbey Vale until the family sold in February 2001.

Next Kevin turned his attention to making super premium and iconic wines under the Forester Estate label, and for a select few producers in the Margaret River region.

“My aim is not to get too big, but to focus my attention to detail and build complexity into my wines from the ground up.”

He continually maintains the emphasis on production, from grape to bottle, as a consistent super premium product.

“We want our wines to consistently reflect the premium fruit grown in the Margaret River region.”