Our love of wine and our curiosity for alternative varieties is what made McLaren Vale our home on Kevin’s birthday in March 1997; the day we decided to purchase a site once known as the old Cambrai Vineyard.
This was the beginning of our journey to Kangarilla Road.
We were confident this was the site for us and the name ‘Kangarilla Road’ was a natural fit.
‘Kangarilla’ is an aboriginal word from the local Kaurna people, which describes a place where something is nurtured and is also thought to mean a place with abundant resources.
The word ‘Road’ simply enough signified the journey we were embarking on.
For us that journey begins by nurturing our vineyards.
We work with a number of grape growers across many different sites and ancient geologies, giving our wines another level of interest and complexity.
For us, we produce fruit in the most sustainable way appropriate to each vineyard.
We are active participants in the McLaren Vale Sustainability program, and a number of our wines are made from fruit grown in organic or bio-dynamically certified vineyards.
We favour small batch, hands-on techniques to make wine true to its natural fruit expression, reflective of each site and each season.
All of our wines show the true varietal characteristics you would expect with the subtle addition of Australian sunshine.
The temperate Mediterranean-style climate of McLaren Vale and the moderating influence of the sea on its western boundary enable us to bring a beautiful balance to our wines.
It is habitually cold and wet in winter and hot and dry in summer; producing the right conditions to experiment with a range of grape varieties, secure in the knowledge they are likely to prosper on the vineyard sites we own or access through our growers.
Our portfolio includes Italian varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Sangiovese, and Primitivo, and we enjoy regularly experimenting with different varieties and techniques.
We recognise the attributes of each variety in the Kangarilla Road brand design, which feature the individual character and appearance of each variety’s leaf.
Leaf morphology is the study of a leaf’s structure and form, and each grape variety has a distinctive leaf morphology, including its rate of growth, flowering pattern and way in which it will react to soil types, weather conditions and disease pressures.
The respect we give to each vine, variety and vineyard is exactly what makes our wines our own.
Although we love our patch of dirt in McLaren Vale, we love nothing more than taking our wines to the world. Our wines are available Australia-wide and we export our wine to many different countries.
Kangarilla Road continues to evolve as we reach new markets, make new wines and continue to seek out exciting new opportunities.
We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we do.
- Kevin and Helen O’Brien