Margaret River is home to one of Australia’s best new wineries, according to wine legend James Halliday.
Della Fay Wines, owned by Michael and Alison Kelly, was selected as one of the country’s top 10 best new wineries as part of the wine writer’s 2013 edition of the Australian Wine Companion publication.
Despite growing on only eight hectares, Mr Halliday said the winery offered unmatched quality and variety in the region and credited its success to “district veteran” winemaker Michael Kelly.
“They planted 1.2ha each of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, nebbiolo, vermentino and sauvignon blanc, 1.1ha of chardonnay, and 0.5ha each of malbec and petit verdot,” Mr Halliday said in his online review.
Mr Kelly, who started Fermoy Wines nearly 30 years ago, said given the industry’s economic “perfect storm”, it was logical to downsize and start his own business.
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and all I know is viticulture and winemaking,” he said.
Della Fay has already started exporting to China and Singapore and Mr Kelly believed Halliday’s nod would help lift their profile in Asia, which he described as the “future of the industry”.