Gemtree wines cellar door.

Travel Log

Words
BELLA SARRIS
photography
courtesy of ChÂteau Tanunda, The Thinking Traveller, and Gemtree wines.
The setting  for tastings at  Château Tanunda.
The setting for tastings at Château Tanunda.

Château Tanunda Revisited

Established in 1890, Château Tanunda, with its magnificent bluestone buildings, rolling grounds, planted with olive trees, and famed cricket oval, has always been high on the list of Barossa estates to visit. Now, after recent renovations, there’s even more reason to head to its doors. From up in the newly established mezzanine, view the Grand Cellar where 360 barrels of Grand Barossa Shiraz are housed. Embark on hosted tastings of current vintages, or the Old Vine Expression range – including wines made from 50-, 100- and 150-year-old vines. Visit chateautanunda.com

Explore the Sicilian island and its wines.
Explore the Sicilian island and its wines.

Sicilian Sojourn

Recently, a number of our contributors, including Natasha Hughes MW (GTWINE Oct/Nov 2018) have visited Sicily and highly recommend a trip to the island for its food, scenery and, most importantly, its wines. One of the best ways to visit is to book a rental villa through The Thinking Traveller, a London-based luxury travel company founded by British-Sicilian husband and wife team Huw and Rossella Beaugié. Their crew has exceptional local knowledge, provides personal service and will make sure you are housed in a glorious villa in a suitable location from which to launch your exploration. Visit thethinkingtraveller.com

Mike and Melissa Brown show off  their gem of  a winery.
Mike and Melissa Brown show off their gem of a winery.

Gemtree

Very few of us actually know what biodynamic means let alone have witnessed the process first hand. The Browns of Gemtree want to change that by inviting you to see what lies beneath their vineyard practices and minimal-intervention winemaking at their McLaren Vale winery. Book in for one of the immersive tours – three unique experiences of varying length to suit every kind of wine enthusiast. Learn about the moon and nature and how they contribute to the winemaking process in the Biodynamic Hut. If you have three hours why not consider a walk along the Ecotrail? Immerse yourself in the natural environment that is home to thousands of native plants and wildlife. ‘The Gem’, a five hour journey led by winemaker Mike and viticulturist Melissa, offers a private tour of the vineyards, the winery and both barrel and private tastings of premium wines. All include something to eat, be that platter, picnic or paired menu under the trees, crafted from local produce of course. Whichever way you go, you are sure to enjoy soaking up the natural beauty and indulging in a glass of wine or two. Visit gemtreewines.com