Altschwager & Kenneally Families
Altschwager & Kenneally's Wines
- New Zealand
- 3 wines
- 3 styles
With 20-year stellar careers in the industry, this fab foursome are practically winemaking royalty down under
Gus & Swan Altschwager and Mark & Emma Kenneally are two couples who together make some of Naked Australia’s most loved wines, under their proud A&K (Altschwager & Kenneally) label.
At the core of every wine they create is an unswerving respect for the land. Their passion is to source only the highest quality, sustainably grown fruit. The attention to detail is reflected in the sheer expressiveness of their wines.
It’s a rare treat indeed to finally land some of A&K’s thoroughbred wines on UK shores. Given how much Aussie Angels love them, we’re not sure how much we’ll get in the future, so fill your boots while you can!
Altschwager & Kenneally Families's Story
Altschwager and Kenneally's Story
All for one and one for all! This could well be the catchcry for the the team that is: Altschwager & Kenneally.
Two married couples - Gus & Swan Altschwager and Mark & Emma Kenneally - are collaboratively four passionate individuals that make up a truly remarkable winemaking fraternity.
They all met and became firm friends when Gus and Mark - two Aussies abroad - were working alongside each other at one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wineries in the cold climes of Marlborough. Any time spent away from the vines, tanks and barrels was always time spent together discussing all things wine, surfing, and anything done in the great outdoors, really.
Their kids were even born a few weeks apart of each other (not planned!) and everything ever since has been a family affair - a true team effort!
A united desire to branch out on their own, to break the shackles of corporate winemaking and get Naked lead to the launch of their first wine journey - Tapi - in 2014. With organic and sustainable practices influencing everything they do, this bunch of like-minded friends have been crafting tiny volumes of cool-climate deliciousness ever since. And, everything is done as a collaboration - winemaking, viticulture, administration and the sharing of their love of wine.
In 2016 Mark and Emma moved home to McLaren Vale and, thanks to Angel support, bought their first ever vineyard there in 2017. And, the geographic move has actually brought the team even closer together - if that’s possible!
Marlborough in NZ and McLaren Vale in SA are distinctly different premium wine-growing regions and to this loyal band of ‘flying winemakers’ it’s an inspiring once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gather different perspectives on wine styles and techniques and constantly share the learnings back and forward across 'the ditch' - as they say down under.
Their ultimate team dream? To one day, soon, be able to leave behind their day jobs working for the ‘man’ and be a thriving, self-sufficient, sustainably-grown wine business where all the fruits of their labour from Marlborough to McLaren and beyond are handcrafted exclusively for Naked Angels.
The sum total of their shared experiences is, and always will be, their greatest achievement. All for one and one for all, Angels!