Hill owner going out on high note
FORMER politician Murray Montgomery is selling the 22ha winery in Albany that has been in his family for 90 years, following a fourmedal haul at the 2015 Qantas Wine Awards.
Montgomery’s Hill won gold medals for its shiraz and cabernet sauvignon and bronze medals in the sauvignon blanc and chardonnay categories.
Mr Montgomery credited the success to his viticulturist Ray Williams and wine makers Dianne Miller and Rob Diletti.
The former Nationals member for the South-West, who retired from politics in 2001, and his wife Pam planted the vineyards in 1996 and now have 10ha of vines.
“My grandfather acquired the property about 90 years ago and planted potatoes,” Mr Montgomery said.
“My father planted an apple orchard and when he died he left this to my brother and I.”
Mr Montgomery said it was a hard decision to sell the vineyard and cellar door.
“But we talked it over with my brother and two daughters and decided it was time to move on,” he said.
“It was hard but health reasons played a part too.”
Montgomery’s Hill is on the Kalgan River and is a stop on Kalgan Queen Cruises that are skippered by Jack Jones.
The boat cruises, started by Jack’s dad Jonathan 16 years ago, take people through the waters of Oyster Harbour and the ancient Kalgan River, stopping to throw fish to white-bellied sea eagles and resident pelicans.
2015 Qantas Wine Awards winners will receive their medals at the Award Dinner at the Hyatt this Friday. For tickets, visit www.wineshowwa.com.au.
Winery owner Murray Montgomery.