When John Geber chanced upon Château Tanunda 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? Two decades and millions of dollars later, 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.
For the past two decades, John and Evelyne Geber and their family have put their heart, soul and business expertise to breathe new life into this historic icon of Australian winemaking. They see themselves as custodians, preparing the Château for future generations to come. In 2016, John’s daughter Michelle took on the role of Managing Director, ensuring the family legacy continues.
The Château now celebrates over 130 years of Barossa winemaking history. We are proudly ranked amongst the top wineries in Australia by leading wine writers such as James Halliday, Huon Hooke and Robert Parker, along with resounding success at international wine shows such as the Global Masters, and Berlin Wine Trophy where we have been named the ‘Best Australian Winery’ every year since 2011.
We are the only internationally-recognised winemaking ‘Château’ in Australia, a champion of Barossa Old Vine Expressions and viewed by many as the birthplace of the Barossa wine industry.