Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy were among the early waves of winemakers on the Mornington Peninsula. They challenged the status quo - most publicly by introducing Mornington Peninsula pinot gris/grigio (with great success). Behind this was improvement and diversification in site selection, plus viticulture and winemaking techniques that allowed their business to grow significantly. The estate plantings are 2ha each of pinot noir, pinot gris and friulano as well as smaller plots of riesling, chardonnay and moscato giallo. Their leased vineyards are established on what Kathleen and Kevin consider to be premium sites for pinot gris and pinot noir, and are now single vineyard wines: Musk Creek and the newer Tussie Mussie Vineyard. Kathleen and Kevin are assisted by winemaker Dan Calvert, who has worked with Quealy for 7 years. Their son Tom has joined the business, with a particular focus on natural wine, Turbul Friulano his first such wine. Exports to the UK and France.
“All of us at Quealy make wine in the vineyard. Danny and I established that the best ingredients in wine are sunshine, fresh air, intellect and time; all of Quealy wines capture these ingredients.”
- Kathleen Quealy