A brief history
Hay Shed Hill is part of a small and prestigious group of pioneer vineyards that have established Margaret River as a world-class wine producing region.
The Hay Shed Hill vineyard is located in the Wilyabrup Valley, the premier area Margaret River Wine Region. Wilyabrup has the highest concentration of premium wine producers and is home to many of the original Margaret River vineyards. Only 5 Km from the Indian Ocean with an elevated aspect, the vineyard thus enjoys the benefit of the 'doctor' the well-known sea breeze that comes off the ocean each afternoon and cools down the vineyard giving the fruit a much cooler climate character than the latitude of the vineyard might suggest. The vineyard is hilly with several aspects ranging from steep south facing slopes on which the best Chardonnay is located, to equally steep north facing slopes where the best Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys the full face of the sun. The majority of the vineyard is dry grown producing small yields of outstanding fruit.
The Hay Shed Hill vineyard is situated on a picturesque property that was established as a dairy farm as part of the group settlement scheme for returned soldiers from the First World War.
Vines were first planted in 1973 under the guidance of Dr Kevin Cullen when the property was known as Sussex Vale. In the late 1980’s the vineyard was bought by Morrison Family.
As the old hay shed from the dairy days was a local landmark, the Morrison’s used this to create the new name for the property, Hay Shed Hill. Hay making tools found in the hay shed provided them with the inspiration for Hay Shed’s sister label – Pitchfork Wines.