Biodynamic wines grounded in earth

Gemtree Wines

Gemtree’s husband and wife team, Mike and Melissa Brown, have been gifted the opportunity to work a unique patch of earth in McLaren Vale. By respecting and nurturing this land through organic and biodynamic farming, they’re consistently harvesting high-quality, flavoursome grapes from which they craft their wines.

Gemtree’s Tasting Room is perched on a hillside that gives expansive views over the vineyards and surrounding areas, all the way to the sea in the distance. The elevation makes it the perfect place to slow down and enjoy views of this stunning region, together with a glass of wine and one of their locally-sourced cheese platters.  

Melissa Brown heads up the certified organic and biodynamic viticulture, and oversees the cellar and tourism functions while husband Mike is the Chief Winemaker of their award-winning wines. Their journey together to achieve organic and biodynamic certification in 2011 involved both experimentation and determination, but the results that are now evident in the fruit and wines has made it well worth the commitment to these practices.

Melissa and Mike’s story at Gemtree still has many chapters to be written. Under their care, the Gemtree vineyards are flush with health, resulting in exceptional fruit quality and outstanding wines of purity and elegance. Together with their team, they are helping to make the McLaren Vale presence known in many parts of the world.

Winemaker

Mike Brown has an absolute commitment to make Gemtree Wines the best biodynamic producer in the McLaren Vale / Fleurieu region. After working many vintages for other wineries in France and McLaren Vale he produced his first vintage at Gemtree in 1998. Since then, Gemtree has earned many awards and accolades, and Mike and Melissa’s drive to excellence continues.

Interesting Facts

The Gemtree name comes from a family story of the beloved tree that thrives because of an understanding of its natural cycle. This underpins their philosophy of respect for the land that produces the high-quality fruit from which their wines are made.

Onsite attractions:

If you have time, it’s well worth taking a walk along the Gemtree Eco Trail. The trail is about 1km long and is a comfortable 15-20 minute walk through a biodiverse wetland, filled with over 50,000 native trees and a haven for birds, plants and animals. Wander at your leisure through this special part of the property and enjoy complimentary use of the BBQ facilities and picnic areas available.

Your Tasting Options

Luxury Winery Tours offers two tasting experiences at Gemtree Wines. Both of these options are fascinating, informative, and of course, delicious because they involve the flagship and icon wines.

LWT Private Tasting Experience

A one-on-one private tasting conducted by one of Gemtree’s experienced staff outlining the history of our family run, generational and sustainable business. During this tasting you learn more about Gemtree’s Biodynamic and Organic ethos and an in-depth structured tasting of Gemtree’s Small Batch and Biodynamic Icon wines.

Biodynamic tour and Private Tasting

This option is ideal for those who wish to learn more about biodynamic farming and organic winemaking. Guests are guided on an informative and educational tour starting at their Biodynamic Hut, and includes a delicious regional platter and glass of wine in their eco-shelter. This deeper look into Gemtree’s end-to-end practices creates a new understanding and appreciation of their wines.

Gemtree Featured Wines

  • Gemtree April’s Dance Sparkling NV
  • Gemtree 2018 Grenache (95)
  • Gemtree 2018 Mataro (95)
  • The Phantom Red Blend 9
  • Gemtree 2015 Ernest Allan Shiraz (97)
  • Gemtree 2016 Obsidian Shiraz (97)