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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.

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Established in 1973

511 Harmans Mill Road
Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia




Meet The Team

  • Michael Kerrigan

    Hay Shed Hill winemaker and general manager, Michael Kerrigan is one of the most respected winemakers in Australia. Over 35 years’ experience puts Michael amongst the best winemakers in the country.

    After excelling at winemaking studies at Rosewothy College in South Australia (he was Dux of his year), Michael spent thirteen vintages as the winemaker for Howard Park and Madfish wines making wine from grapes grown in virtually every wine region in Western Australia.

    Michael received numerous accolades including nomination for Qantas Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year in 2003. Michael has been a senior judge numerous shows including regular positions at the Perth Royal Show and the Wine Show of Western Australia Mt Barker.

    In late 2006 Michael and his partners, bought Hay Shed Hill in Margaret River. The opportunity to get involved with Hay Shed Hill was one that Michael could not let pass. “I knew the vineyard and always coveted the fruit, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to take ownership in a classic old pioneer vineyard in the elite of Margaret River but one which, for various reasons, had not quite realized it’s potential.”

    From making wines from all over the South West of Western Australia Michael now is focused on single vineyard expression of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Chardonnay in particular.

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