Monday, 11 November 2019

Global recognition for family-owned McLaren Vale winery


McLaren Vale's Gemtree Wines has been named 2019 Global Winner for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices at the international awards - part of the Great Wine Capitals annual general meeting - in Bordeaux, France

The boutique winery was recognised for implementing environmental practices and sustainable innovations and developments enhancing the visitor experience.

Gemtree co-owner and viticulturist Melissa Brown is thrilled the winery's new sustainability-themed tours and organic and biodynamic practices have been recognised on a global stage.

"Mike and I are thrilled to accept this award which shines a spotlight on a global stage not only on Gemtree but also on the outstanding McLaren Vale wine region," she said. "It is wonderful to receive recognition for our biodynamic and sustainable practices and the tours that we offer."

Certified organic and biodynamic, Gemtree Wine’s cellar door is sustainably built with recycled materials and sits next to a 10-hectare nature reserve, which the family planted with over 50,000 natives.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said it was fitting to see a South Australian winery recognised on the world stage for its sustainable approach.

“I commend Gemtree Wines on a remarkable award and it is a true testament to the quality of South Australian wines and the associated tourism experience that this winery is recognised on the world stage,” he said.

“This award is more than just recognition for wine tourism, it demonstrates the state’s ability to provide a unique experience and tell the story of grape to glass.

“Gemtree has one of the largest certified biodynamic vineyards in Australia and they are proud custodians of the land, so this award is truly fitting.”

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