In 1998, Gemtree embarked on a monumental project to create a 10 hectare wetland area in the heart of the vineyard in McLaren Vale. Viticulturist, Melissa Brown’s commitment to sound environmental practices and sustainable agriculture has seen 50,000 native trees and shrubs planted and 6 interlinking dams built to create the beginning of the Gemtree Wetlands.
Melissa approached Greening Australia initially for information and advice. She was delighted when they came back with a proposal for a long term joint venture that would benefit the environment, the community, and young people.
Greening Australia (South Australia) is a not-for-profit community organisation, dedicated to helping conserve and establish trees and associated vegetation. The organisation encourages South Australians to retain, regenerate and replant appropriate vegetation to help achieve a healthy environment in both urban and rural areas.
Part proceeds of the sale of every bottle of Gemtree wine are donated to Greening Australia to contribute to the transformation of Australian landscapes.
For more information on Greening Australia, visit their website http://www.greeningaustralia.org.au.
Situated in the heart of the Gemtree Vineyards are the stunning Gemtree Wetlands; an environmental initiative in which the Buttery clan joined forces with Green Australia to create an area of biodiversity as a major haven for native plants, frogs, birds and animals with six interlinking dams and 50,000 native species of flora planted over 10 hectares. The recent addition of an informative Ecotrail and picnic & BBQ facilities make this site a must-see for visitors to McLaren Vale!
Driving directions to Elliot Rd, McLaren Flat SA 5171 from our Cellar Door at 184 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171
1. Head south-east on Main Rd towards Valley View Drive 750 m
2. Slight left onto Kangarilla Rd 3.6 km
3. Continue onto Main Rd 700 m
4. Continue onto Kangarilla Rd 1.6 km
5. Continue onto McLaren Flat Rd – Destination will be on the left 1.2 km at Elliot Rd, McLaren Flat SA 5171