Galafrey is a family-owned business which dry grows, nurtures and bottles all its wines on the estate.
Established in 1977 by Ian Tyrer (1946-2003) Galafrey has continued to prosper under the management of mother and daughter team, Linda and Kim Tyrer and with Kim's husband Nigel Rowe, who maintain a hands-on role to ensure that the Galafrey philosophy lives on.
Kim was brought up with the vines and the wine industry. A part-time job became full-time, when her father passed away in 2003.
Kim left a thriving art career to run the day to day operations of the vineyard and winery.
She is part of a philosophy to strive for excellence in producing small parcels of distinctive and consistently exceptional wines through a commitment to producing fruit of the highest quality which the winery believes is the key to great winemaking.
Today, Galafrey has 12 hectares under vine consisting of Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot Grapes.
The vineyard also has Muller-Thurgau, a unique white grape variety that produces a light, flavourful, fruity grape that's low in acid.
Galafrey's grapes are small but intense with flavour because they don't irrigate.
The juice of the berry has better contact with the skin and seeds which gives the wines a deep colour and rich tannins.
The dry grown vineyard canopy management also makes the fruit less susceptible to disease.
The Galafrey family. Picture supplied.
Thirty-four years of experience with the vineyard means Kim and the family know the vineyard well and monitor the fruit during the ripening season making sure they pick at the right time.
The winery, which was previously in the old Albany wool store has now been relocated to a purpose-built but utilitarian winery.
Galafrey's impressive cellar door boasts breathtaking views of the vines and surrounding bushland.
And it's a great opportunity to meet Bruce, the winery dog, who will greet visitors at the car park and escort them to the door.