REGION: MCLAREN VALE VITICULTURIST: RACHEL STEER
Chapel Hill borders the stunning Onkaparinga River National
Park; we value and respect these unique surrounds, our land and vines. Our focus is on soil health to build resilience and character in our vines and consequently, the wines. We were one of the first to embrace the McLaren Vale Sustainable Australia Winegrowing program and are continually improving our grape-growing practices. Rainwater is collected from the winery roofs for use in the winery. Winery waste water is treated via a wetlands system and used for irrigation. All of the organic material from the winemaking process (skins, seeds and stems), is composted onsite and spread on the vineyard, negating the need for synthetic fertilisers. Vineyard operations have been modified to minimise the impact on beneficial insects, helping to maintain a natural balance to prevent pest and disease outbreaks. Volunteer cover crops have been encouraged to reduce evaporation and protect our precious soils.
Our sustainable farming practices result in fruit that articulates the wonderful characteristics of McLaren Vale. These traits are best showcased in our estate-grown, single vineyard range of wines – we invite you to sample them in our 152-year-old Chapel in the Vale.