Kangarilla Road

South Australia | McLaren Vale

Our Review

In January 2013, Kangarilla Road founders Kevin and Helen O’Brien succeeded in breaking the mould for a winery sale, crafting a remarkable win-win outcome. They sold their winery and surrounding vineyard to Gemtree Wines, which has had its wine made at Kangarilla Road since ’01 under the watchful eye of Kevin. The O’Briens have retained their adjacent JOBS vineyard and the Kangarilla Road wines continue to be made by Kevin at the winery. Luck of the Irish, perhaps. Exports to the UK, Ireland, the US, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Kevin and Helen O’Brien started Kangarilla Road in McLaren Vale in 1997. They make a wide range of wines, including many small-batch Italian varieties, but don’t ignore the local heroes of McLaren Vale. Kevin makes the wines using minimal-intervention winemaking which lets the grapes and their terroir express themselves. The wines are vegan-friendly, Kevin uses low preservatives and are currently working on making their vineyards part of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia. The O’Briens wines are smooth, elegant and consistent.


Winemaker Kevin O'Brien
Established 1997
Dozens 30 000
Vineyards (area) 5 ha
Viticulturist Kevin O'Brien
Opening Hours Mon–Fri 9–4.30, w'ends 11–4
Address 44 Hamilton Road, McLaren Flat, SA 5171
Telephone (08) 8383 0533
Website www.kangarillaroad.com.au