CHAPEL HILL

RE­GION: MCLAREN VALE VITI­CUL­TUR­IST: RACHEL STEER

Halliday - - The Holistic Way - chapel­hill­wines.com.au; @chapel­hill­wine

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.

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