When John Geber chanced upon it in 1998, he embraced the challenge of restoring this magnificent property to its iconic status. Besides a wealth of history and a dilapidated 37,674-foot structure filled with roosting pigeons, what did Mr Geber get for this pursuit? Fast-forward two decades and millions of dollars later, and today Château Tanunda boasts a world-class winemaking facility, 350 acres of vines, a croquet lawn, a cricket oval that has hosted over 40 former international cricketers, and spectacular hospitality spaces that play host to over 100,000 visitors every year.
Further gems include a longstanding contract with over 30 growers who give us access to further precious Barossa vineyards, many tended and passed down through their families over generations.
For the past two decades, John Geber and his family have put their heart, soul and business expertise into breathing new life into this historic icon of Australian winemaking. In 2016, John’s daughter Michelle took up the role of Managing Director, ensuring the family legacy continues into the next generation. In 2020, the Château celebrates its 130th anniversary proudly ranked amongst the top 20 wineries in Australia (Huon Hooke), a Red Five Star Winery (Halliday) and amongst the top Chateau in the world (Berlin Wine Trophy Best Australian Producer 2011-2019).
Our 130 years of winemaking heritage makes it the only internationally-recognised winemaking Château in Australia, a champion of Barossa Old Vine Expressions and is regularly rated amongst the top wine producers in the country.