Our vineyard is situated in the Mount Barker sub region of the Great Southern Wine region. The Great Southern wine region lies along the Southern Ocean on West Australia's south coast. Our vineyard is approximately 70km from the ocean. Our wines benefit from cool climate viticulture in a clean and green environment.
We have a rich history of growing great flavours for the world. The first two generations of Gilbert's exported apples to the United Kingdom and also ran livestock (sheep and cattle) on our 650 acre property . The third generation took the leap into establishing a vineyard with Jim and Bev Gilbert planting the first of our vines in 1985. Subsequent plantings were made between 1987 to 1997 leaving us with 24 acres of vineyard producing World class Riesling, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. We continue to run our sheep on the property for wool and Australian Lamb.
Our cellar door was established in 1990 in our old apple packing shed. It retains its history and character today creating a unique environment for you to sample and enjoy our award winning wines.
In 2003, we extended onto our cellar door with the addition of a café. Once again ahead of the times, Jim and Bev noticed a unique opportunity in the area, creating one of the first cellar doors to have a café attached in the region. The café is open Friday to Monday 10am to 5pm for you to enjoy the best local produce and food our region has to offer whilst also enjoying a glass or bottle of our award winning wines.
In 2014, the fourth generation of Gilbert's returned to the family business with two of Jim and Bev's three sons (Clinton and Matthew) stepping into the family business. Exciting times lay ahead for our wines and family business with the next generation bringing loads of energy, enthusiasm and ideas!
Over the years our wines have maintained their high quality and have received numerous awards. We are currently a 5 start winery in James Halliday's Wine Companion with many high scores. We have also exported our wines to many international destinations including the US, Canada, UK, Singapore and Switzerland.
A couple of our standout performers in the most recent addition of James Halliday's Wine Companion were our 2018 Riesling and 2017 Reserve Shiraz both scoring 95 points!