Galafrey Wines is the oldest family owned winery in Mount Barker and this year is celebrating 40 years in the Wine Industry. Galafrey was set up in by Ian Tyrer (1946-2003) and wife Linda who both left their careers in the computer industry to pursue a life in winemaking. The land they bought in 1976 was more used to seeing sheep and orchids rather than wine and the following year, the couple started planting a vineyard. The couple won numerous awards for their wines and Ian was well respected in the wine trade being was awarded the WA Press Club George Mulgrave Award for his contribution to the WA Wine Industry.
Today daughter Kim is CEO & Winemaker and the winery continues to focus on making cool climate wines and win awards. Linda is still involved in the business and Kim Kim’s husband Nigel Rowe who manages the general maintenance and spray program. Although Kim grew up around wine and the vineyards, she pursued a career in art before joining the company full time in 2003 and then was a finalist in the Women In Wine Awards 2016.
Galafrey has twelve hectares under vine including Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The winery is also growing Müller-Thurgau, traditionally grown in Germany unique to the Great Southern.
Galafrey believes good grapes make good wine and they use minimal intervention in the vineyard with only a few of dry grown vineyards in WA. There is also minimal spray and fertilising.
Drop in to taste the Riesling and Shiraz this afternoon 4-7pm! What a great way to start the weekend!