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Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia Welcomes Two New Members

September 4, 2018 Beverage No Comments Email Email

Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia (‘UWEA’) announced today the inclusion of two new members to the collection – Gemtree Wines in McLaren Vale, South Australia; and Sirromet – UWEA’s first Queensland member winery. 

Kate Shilling, Executive Officer of UWEA says:

“This is a very exciting time for us, as Australian wineries increasingly recognise the benefits of enhancing their visitor experience.  We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the word on behalf of two more exceptional UWEA members.”

Gemtree’s 306 acres of vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic. Gemtree’s philosophy is not just about winemaking, it is about setting new standards for sustainable, generational farming.

Gemtree’s sustainably-built Cellar Door takes in elevated views over McLaren Vale to the ocean beyond. Located at the Cellar Door is the Gemtree Biodynamic Hut, an informal interactive experience providing visitors with a deeper understanding of biodynamic viticulture. Adjacent to the Cellar Door is the 1km Gemtree Ecotrail, a meandering path through 10 hectares of regenerated natural bushland, offering visitors a connection to the surrounding land that inspires Gemtree’s guiding philosophies.

Experiences on offer at Gemtree include: ‘Being Biodynamic’ – a guided tour of the Biodynamic Hut and vineyard, a tutored wine tasting, regional produce platter lunch with a glass of wine and a bottle of wine to take home, priced at $60.00 per person; and premium experience ‘The Gem’ – a private guided tour of the Biodynamic Hut and vineyard with co-owner and viticulturist Melissa Brown, tutored premium wine and barrel tastings, a private tour of winery with co-owner and winemaker Mike Brown, as well as a private chef and degustation lunch with Mike and Melissa paired with matching wines, priced at $1200.00 per person.

Sirromet is a family owned and run winery situated at picturesque Mount Cotton, just a short drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to expand our offering into a new state.  The Granite Belt region is producing some really high quality wine while Sirromet’s location, with easy access to both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, makes it the perfect inclusion to a broader Queensland itinerary.” says Shilling.

On Sirromet’s vast grounds visitors can experience fine dining at award-winning Restaurant Lurleen’s or, for a more casual setting, enjoy the Italian-inspired menu at the Tuscan Terrace or light lunch at the cellar door.  Luxury accommodation is also available onsite at newly opened Sanctuary by Sirromet – nestled among tranquil bushland, a collection of tented pavilions offer elegant comfort and style, capturing amazing views across Moreton Bay.

With 100 hectares under vine, Sirromet’s vineyards are located in the high altitude of Queensland’s Granite Belt region, situated 600-1500 metres above sea level and approximately three hours’ drive south west of Brisbane.

Ultimate Winery Experiences available at Sirromet include: ‘The Best of Queensland’ – a tutored premium wine tasting, 5-course Taste Plate lunch with matching wines and a 375ml bottle of dessert wine to take home, priced at $204.00 per person; and ‘The Ultimate Winery Escape’ – a relaxing 2-night package including accommodation in the Deluxe Honeymoon Pavilion at Sanctuary by Sirromet, hot breakfast each morning, 8-course Tasting Plate dinner with matching wines, a guided winery tour, tutored premium wine tasting and 2 bottles of award winning Le Sauvage wine to take home, priced at $762.00 per person.

The UWEA group of wineries is now 24 strong, with representation in most of Australia’s renowned wine regions across six states.  In NSW: Audrey Wilkinson in the Hunter Valley.  In Victoria: De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley, Pizzini Wines and Brown Brothers in the King Valley, Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove and Jackalope at Willow Creek on the Mornington Peninsula, Tahbilk in Nagambie Lakes and Fowles Wine in the Strathbogie Ranges.  In South Australia: The Lane Vineyard and Penfold’s Magill Estate in the Adelaide Hills, Yalumba in the Eden Valley, Jacob’s Creek Visitors Centre, St Hugo and Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley, d’Arenberg, Gemtree and Wirra Wirra Wines in McLaren Vale.  In Tasmania: Moorilla Estate and Josef Chromy Wines.  In WA: Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate in Margaret River and Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley.   In Queensland: Sirromet, producing wines from the Granite Belt region.

For more information, the consumer website has all experiences listed a user-friendly search tool where you can search by winery, by region, or by experience type.

Detailed rate sheets can also be downloaded from the UWEA trade website, where the UWEA image library, fact sheets and wine trail itineraries are also available for download.

The entire UWEA experience collection can be downloaded in both English and Mandarin.

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