Kellybrook was founded by true pioneers of the wine industry in the Yarra Valley – Darren and Farley Kelly in 1960 and initially produced only cider. 1970 saw Kellybrook granted the first vigneron's licence in the Yarra Valley and the opening of one of the region's first cellar doors.
In 1975, parts of the orchard gave way to vineyards. Initially planting Shiraz, Cabernet, Gewürztraminer and Riesling, the plantings were later complemented with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Sparkling wine production using the Methode Traditionelle is a specialty at Kellybrook and is largely carried out by hand including hand riddling and hand disgorging. Now nearing 50 years old, the vines are producing fruit of ever-increasing quality with incredible concentration and finesse.
In 1981, Kellybrook released their first Apple Brandy. This award-winning, house-distilled and matured spirit could well have been the first commercially available in Australia and is still a rare and unique find today.
Stuart has been based in the Yarra Valley since 2012. His journey prior to this time had encompassed a Wine Science degree and work in a vast number of wine regions both in Australia and across Europe.
Stuart has been making the Kellybrook wines since vintage 2017 and he has been focused on finding small gains in quality each year. He is committed to ensuring the wine styles are modern and up-to-date whilst layering in some Kellybrook history along the way.
Stuart enjoys working with the eclectic nature of the vineyard and also with the fully established, old vines on the property.
He believes old vines add an extra layer of complexity that winemaking alone cannot achieve.It is rare that Stuart will drink the same wine twice or have favourite wines. Although if he had to choose, it would be a cool climate Chardonnay with a few years of bottle age.
Friday - Sunday
11am - 5pm
Wedding ceremonies and receptions (Max 70 people)