Pictured — Left to Right: Warren Randall, Melissa Brown, Mike Brown. Photographer – Asher Milgate, Considered Image.
The Randall Wine Group has announced the acquisition of McLaren Vale’s Gemtree Wines.
Best known for its sustainable and biodynamic farming practices, Gemtree is highly respected globally and exports to Canada, United States of America, Hong Kong, Denmark, Singapore, New Zealand and Sweden.
The Randall Wine Group acquired the 25-year-old vineyard earlier this year, boasting the purchase as the final piece of the jigsaw to propel them onto the organic world wine stage.
“Organic wine production presents a big opportunity”, said Executive Chairman and Proprietor of the Randall Wine Group, Warren Randall.
“Organic wine sales are on the march, by 2.5 fold internationally and 15 fold domestically in the last 10 years, while non-organic wine sales declined.
“Australia possesses natural climatic attributes that are conducive to the crafting of organic wine in both the vineyard and the winery. Our hot and dry Mediterranean climate in McLaren Vale is entirely suited to world-class organic and bio-dynamic wines and yet we are the 11th in the world, in terms of organic vineyard area with only 1% of the world’s organic vineyards,” said Mr Randall.
Gemtree’s organic wine portfolio will be overseen by co-founder, Mike Brown at the Boar’s Rock winery in McLaren Vale – the largest, premium organically certified winery in Australia.
The global expansion of the Gemtree brand will be supported by a number of private McLaren Vale organically certified growers.
The Randall Wine Group is Australia’s largest private luxury vineyard holder, with the jewel in the crown, Seppeltsfield Estate in the Barossa Valley and Penny’s Hill Estate in McLaren Vale, with total vineyard holdings spanning over 9000 acres in 8 premium regions across South Australia.