Gareth & Rainbo Belton


Gentle Folk, Australia

Gareth Belton and his wife Rainbo are both scientists who used to dive and collect seaweed from the bottom of the sea to study it. When Gareth first met James Erskine from Jauma Wines in 2012, he developed an interest for winemaking and wine-growing; James Erskine and Anton Von Klopper, among others, showed him the joys of making his own wine and working in the vineyard while following natural principles and environmentally-friendly working methods. This philosophy was instantly shared by Gareth who started to buy grapes from his neighbours to make his wine. In 2015, he managed to get his hands on a small plot of Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. In his newly acquired vineyard, Gareth follows a zero-adding approach to work the vines and make wine the most natural way possible. He doesn’t even follow biodynamic methods, as he prefers to let the vine grow itself, with minimal intervention. 

“Natural wines are about working hard in the vineyard, growing the grapes to be the best they can be out there, so you can do less in the winery.”- Gareth Belton

Location

Basket Range, Australia

Size

12 acres + grapes sourced from other vineyards

Soil

Mixture of sandy clay with schist, quartz and sandstone

Varieties cultivated

Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay

Yields/Annual production

1,000 cases

Age of vines

9 to 31 years of age

Farming/Winemaking

Organically farmed but no certification, nothing-added philosophy in the cellar, except for a bit of SO2