Simon Gilbert is a 5th generation winemaker, whose great-great grandfather Joseph Gilbert is recognized as planting the first Riesling in Australia at Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley, SA in 1847.
Simon commenced as a cellar hand at Leo Buring, then part of Lindeman’s, in 1973 aged 18. Lindeman’s fostered his ambition and sponsored Simon Throughout his training at Roseworthy College, where he undertook studies in Oenology. The next 10 years, until late 1984, were consumed by an enviable grounding in winemaking, including the production of Lindeman’s Coonawarra, Pathway and Rough Hoome Coonawarra Brands.
In 2010 Simon established a family boutique wine label, ‘Gilbert by Simon Gilbert’, with the simple ethos of wise winemaking with fresh appeal. This wine label has received countless awards, reviews and medals since it was established in 2010, with James Halliday awarding the winery 5 stars in 2015.
2016 saw Simon take on a new venture and come together with his son Will and nephew Mark Gilbert, as fifth and six generation winemakers and viticulturist to establish the Gilbert and Gilbert Wine Co P/L t/as ‘Gilbert + Gilbert’. This collection of wines encapsulates The Gilbert family legacy and heritage of hand crafted cool climate wines from South Australia.
2017 International Riesling Challenge Wine Show Awards;
· Gilbert + Gilbert 2015 Riesling Single Vineyard, Eden Valley – Elite GOLD 96 Points (Class 4)