Bought by the Geber family in 1998 the Château, an icon of the valley, left as an empty shell, has been carefully and tastefully restored. This development to date represents an investment by the Geber family of well in excess of $5 million and is an indication of their commitment as custodians of this 'Barossa Icon' to its restoration and to its eventual role as an Australian First Growth Château.
The new winery, built in 2004, was specifically designed to handle premium fruit in small batches. Its Vaslin Bucher 'JLB 20' Basket press was a first in Australia and in addition to gentle crushing and hand picking, open fermentation in traditional oak is a key hallmark of the new facility.
Stuart Bourne, Château Tanunda's Chief Winemaker's desire is to "build a reputation at the Château for high quality wines that are unique and international in their styling. These wines will reflect the Barossa and its strengths yet have a 'Châteauness' that sets them apart. These will be wines that take Château Tanunda into the future while embracing its historic importance. We are aspiring to create an iconic Australian Wine and there is space for another serious wine at the top rung".
The Château sources fruit parcels from its own vineyards on the Estate as well as fruit from old Barossa vineyards, for which the region is respected and renowned. This focus restores the links between Château Tanunda and the grape-growing families of the Barossa – a partnership which goes back over one hundred years. "Some of our small fruit sources are amazing and unique with 3 parcels over 100 years old".