Quealy, Mornington Peninsula
Kathleen Quealy is regarded as one of Australia's most accomplished winemakers. Together with husband Kevin McCarthy, Kathleen Quealy established the highly successful T’Gallant Winery on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, before selling the business to Fosters.
Following the sale of T'Gallant, Kathleen purchased the Balnarring vineyard and winery in 2004 that is now home to her own 'Quealy' and 'Balnarring' labels.
A graduate of Charles Sturt University, Quealy is renowned for her innovative and highly defined winemaking style. Quealy’s philosophy is her activities have to be real. She understands that they are her grapes, made at her winery by her decisions, and that is how she believes you discover how to make a great wine.Quealy also believes that innovation begins with confinement to one region, after that it is a chess game, how do you extract the most quality out of your region? She believes it is with style and that you have to think outside of the square to achieve results.
Quealy is also a strong advocate of blending, believing it can enhance the qualities of all the varieties involved, something that is reflected in the Quealy Pobblebonk and Rogeuous wines.Wines produced under Quealy's 'Balnarring' label generally offer an approachable, modern style, with standouts including the regional specialties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Kathleen is also joint owner of the Merricks General Wine Store; that acts as a cellar door to Quealy Wines along with Elgee Park Wines and Baillieu Vineyards.