In 1995 after a 30-year career in engineering and computing, Jorg Gartelmann’s love for wine and traveling through the Hunter Valley on weekend visits inspired him to establish his own vineyard and wine company.
After inspecting about 65 properties, he and his wife, Jan settled on a large vineyard with old vines and terrific soil located in the Lovedale sub-region of the Hunter Valley. While there was no house, shed or buildings on the block Jan and Jorg were undeterred– they bought a tent and slept there at weekends until a shed was built 12 months later.
In January 1998 they bought an adjoining property and moved from Sydney to the Hunter Valley and by January 1999 had built a cellar door and got down to ‘business’.
In 2006 Jan and Jorg expanded Gartelmann Wines’ range using premium fruit from other Hunter vineyards and in 2010 they extended the range further, embracing cooler climate fruit from regions outside the Hunter.
Now both in their 70’s, Jorg is still very passionate about his wine making and Jan markets the wine in between her passion for horse riding and bush walking with her dogs.
What sets Gartelmann's cellar door apart from others?
Visitors to Gartelmann's cellar door experience the tranquil surrounds of this eco-friendly designed Cellar Door while they enjoy the quality boutique difference. The wines represent the best of the Hunter and beyond. Family owned and operated with passion.
Why is Gartelmann’s logo a magpie?
Magpies are great friends of Gartelmann's. They eat all the bugs and grubs off the vineyard as well as scaring away other birds that will damage the fruit on the vines – they help in the vineyards and are always welcome in Hunter Valley wine country.