Originally from South Africa, Gareth has now lived in Australia for over 20 years. Finding his place in the Adelaide Hills, he quickly fell in love with the people and climate. A far cry from the inside of laboratories and lecture theatres where he was once was a marine scientist, Gareth enjoys being outside and using his hands so the life of a winegrower was far more appealing. Biodynamic viticulture and a light touch in the winery are standard operating procedure for Gareth, but it is the sense of being effortlessly constructed, without feeling like they are manipulated in any way, that are the hallmarks of all the Gentle Folk wines. Always balanced, structured, and complete; and, as Gareth notes, the different microclimates of the area allow for very different wines from his various vineyards. Gareth farms 7.5 hectares across 5 different sites in the Piccadilly Valley of the Adelaide Hills and produces approximately 3500 cases per year.
"We have a small vineyard in Basket Range planted to 21 varieties, but in some years only makes a barrel or two so overtime we have been adding bits and pieces from our other vineyards into the blends and hence…Rainbow Juice…it’s a blend of all our varieties from all our vineyards. Red varieties are direct pressed into rosé and the juice poured into a vat with the white varieties (de-stemmed) and then the vat is sealed up and left. So it’s a skin contact rose if that makes sense at all!"