McLaren Vale's Gemtree Wines shines on the world stage

Celebrating sustainability: Melissa Brown and Mike Brown are excited about their success at the Great Wine Capitals Global Awards. Photo: McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism.

Celebrating sustainability: Melissa Brown and Mike Brown are excited about their success at the Great Wine Capitals Global Awards. Photo: McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism.

Gemtree Wines have been recognised on the world stage by the Great Wine Capitals for their efforts in sustainable wine tourism practises.

The boutique winery which is located at 167 Elliot Road in McLaren Flat, was announced as the 2019 Global Winner for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices at the international awards; which are part of the Great Wine Capitals Annual General Meeting in Bordeaux, France.

Gemtree 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.

"It is wonderful to receive recognition for our biodynamic and sustainable practices and the tours that we offer," said Mrs Brown.

Contributing to the wineries success was their implementation of environmental practices and sustainable innovations and developments enhancing their visitors experience.

Certified organic and biodynamic, Gemtree Wine's cellar door is sustainably built with recycled materials and sits next to a ten-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," said Minister Whetstone.

"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."