... an absolute conviction, for over 40 years, towards what it does and what it sets out to achieve, is what distinguishes Galafrey from many other wine producers...
A charming lady born and raised on the estate, Kim Tyrer runs the day-to-day vineyard and winery operations. Her continued commitment and passion towards the Galafrey dream is clear and exhilarating to see, as she welcomed and walked me around the estate.
Kim is arguably one of the leading female winemakers of her generation. She is the winner of the 2012 ACCI Young Business Person of the Year award and a finalist in Australian Women in Wine award.
Pioneers of Mount Barker, this all started as a love story...
Leaving well-paid jobs in the computing industry, Ian Tyrer and wife Linda established Galafrey wines in 1977, becoming one of the earliest pioneers of the Great Southern wine region.
Ian and Linda had met in London and after falling in love, held the common desire to return and settle down in rural Western Australia. Despite the lack of viticulture and winemaking experience, they persevered through 40 years of hardships - hail, locusts, droughts, etc - through sheer grit and with each other's support.
By the mid 1980s, Galafrey began achieving domestic and international trophies and has never looked back. Today, Galafrey is a preeminent estate in the Great Southern wine region. The estate is renowned for its dry grown vineyard (i.e. natural irrigation), sacrificing volume for grapes of phenomenal quality.
Following the passing of Ian Tyrer, Galafrey Wines is survived by mum and daughter team, Linda and Kim Tyrer.