Gemtree buys up Kangarilla Road


McLaren Vale winery Gemtree has bought the winery and some of the vineyard of Kangarilla Road.

This follows a $5 million investment by Chinese interests in Gemtree, which is controlled by the founders, the Buttery family.

Kangarilla Road, which was founded by Kevin and Helen O’Brien in 1997, has long had a close relationship with Gemtree, as Gemtree’s wines (tasting notes) have been made at Kangarilla Road (tasting notes) by Mike Brown, who is married to Melissa Buttery.

However, the O’Briens have kept the Kangarilla Road brand and their neighbouring JOBS vineyard.

Kevin will continue to make the Kangarilla Road wines in the same winery.

Kangarilla Road cellar door sales will remain at the winery until mid-year when the O’Briens plan to open a new facility on their own vineyard.

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