Crafted from the earth
guided by our hands

Dirtborn Barossa

Gibson Wines was established in 1996 and draws on over 50 years of experience of its founder; viticulturist, geologist and winemaker, Rob Gibson.

Unearthed during Rob’s formative years as a geologist, a spirit of prospecting is at the heart of Gibson. With a second generation emerging, the family champion Barossa wines that are Dirtborn.

Rob, with wife Anne and son Adam, continue a keen-eyed search for what might be hidden, waiting to be revealed.


Our home

Surrounding an 1850s Blacksmith’s cottage, Gibson’s home property in Light Pass – Northern Barossa – features a 5 – acre patch of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fiano. A portion of these vines are planted under the Gibson-Schulz trellis system, a unique method co-invented by Rob. The vines are alternately planted on a low and high cordon wire, the latter reaching nearly two metres in height.

Light Pass sits slightly elevated from the Barossa Valley floor itself, at approximately 280m above sea level. The land was first surveyed by Colonel William Light who came across it while looking for travel routes between Adelaide and the River Murray. German emigrants in the 1830s and 1840s first planted vineyards in the area, commonly as part of mixed farming of livestock, orchards and cereals.

The family also tends to a small old vine vineyard in the Eden Valley, ‘Burkes Hill’, planted to Shiraz and Riesling.

Top Wineries in Australia

The Real Review, 2024


Five decades forged in the Barossa

Alongside these estate vineyards, relationships forged by Rob over five decades with multi-generational Barossa grape growing families, provides Gibson with enviable access to some of the region’s most precious fruit. Crossing all compass points of the region, Gibson’s grower relationships are key. Not only in providing a multitude of complexity in the end wines, but as a means of supporting a sustainable, integrated wine growing community.

Often lost in an age of digital marketing and instant celebrity, Rob and family hold true to authenticity and down-to-earth character. A profound simplicity exists in viewing Gibson and their Barossa home as means of inspiring comfort and connection through wine.

To good living, and the good life.

We don’t need a license
or special education to
drink wine  – it’s
enjoyable, tasty and as
old as the hills.


    Home to some of the
    world's oldest vines

    Read more

    Get to know
    'The Dirtman'

    Read more

    Beginning with a
    Blacksmith's cottage

    Read more