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Tirkandi – Culture, Connection and Country

News — Posted 3.5.21

Gemtree Wines is honoured to partner with Senior Cultural Custodian, Karl Winda Telfer of Yellaka to share

Culture, Connection and Country


In partnership with Karl Telfer, co-director of Yellaka, we’ve launched a new tour that celebrates the region’s ancient history and indigenous culture. Senior Cultural Custodian Karl Winda Telfer, will host the Tirkandi tours in May, July and October focusing on indigenous culture, connection to the land and the unique attributes of the local area.

Set amongst the native gumtrees of the Gemtree Eco Trail, Karl will explain his people’s deep and ancient connections to the land, plants and animals, including the Eco Trail’s resident emus and koalas.

The walking tour is then followed by a tasting at the Gemtree eco-hut of some of our finest wines, all certified organic and biodynamic and perfectly matched with a tasting plate of native bush food.


  • October 2021 Saturday 16th, 4-7pm (Twilight – daylight savings)
  • November 2021 Saturday 6th, 4-7pm (Twilight – daylight savings)


Limited to 20 tickets only | Book Now

About Karl and Gemtree

Karl is an award-winning artist, designer and creative cultural producer. His ancestral tribal bloodline links him to Mullawirraburka Yerta – his grandfather’s country, the Mullawirra Meyunna (dry forest people) of the Adelaide region.  He began walking the story of his Parngkarra – Yerta traditional country from a young age and has a deep spiritual, cultural and ecological connectedness with his land, sea, sky and country.

Karl was the first Associate Director for the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 2002, is co-Director of Yellaka, which aims to keep young people strong in culture and identity and he collaboratively created YABBARA for the 2019 and 2020 Adelaide Fringes.

Gemtree Wines is family owned and operated and is based in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. Choosing biodynamic and organic regenerative methods to farm its vineyards results in fruit of exceptional quality allowing wines of elegance and purity to be made. This commitment has also seen The Gemtree Eco Trail, once a barren piece of land, become a biodiverse wetland and haven for native birds, plants and animals. The 1-kilometre trail reveals the unique and diverse habitat that has evolved through this regenerative dedication to the land.

Karl Telfer

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