With over 40 years in the wine industry Rob Gibson’s hand-crafted wines reflect expert site selection from across the Barossa and a focus on producing balanced, flavourful wines. Gibson Wines is a 5 star rated winery by leading Australian wine journalist James Halliday.
Rob began his wine interest in New Zealand during a working holiday in 1974 working for Penfolds in Auckland. When he returned to Australia during the vintage of 1975 he worked in the Penfolds Cellar as a crusher operator and assistant in the red wine fermenters. This commenced a long and fruitful career over 22 years under Penfolds tutillage. In 1979 Rob was offered a Penfolds Wines Traineeship to study winemaking and viticulture at Roseworthy College by the management at the time which included the legendary Max Schubert. Rob completed his winemaking studies between 1979 and 1981.
In 1981 and 1982 The Chief winemaker formulated a viticulture project aimed at selecting the very best quality Shiraz grapes for Grange Hermitage production. This ground-breaking work developing new assessments and discovering new information about the production of the very best Shiraz led to the establishment of a dedicated Viticulture department. This background forms a basis of the unique Gibson Winegrowing Approach.
This 22 years established Rob as a well-bred winemaker…seeing the great Penfolds wines evolve and tasting wine-styles around the world as he travelled from Germany to France to Italy to South Africa and California.
The Gibson Wines achievement has been a work in progress by family members over 20 years since 1997. Rob’s son Adam is the longest server and ably assists with the vintaging and distribution of the complex portfolio of interesting wines including Discovery Road Varieties. You can meet Adam at the Barossa Experience at the Good Food & Wine Show.
Meet the maker
Location: Light Pass