Victoria | Heathcote

Our Review

Following the 2008 sale of their very large vineyard and vine nursery propagation business, the Chalmers family has refocused its wine businesses. All fruit comes from the 80ha property on Mt Camel Range in Heathcote, which provides the grapes for the individual variety, single-vineyard Chalmers range (Vermentino, Fiano, Greco, Lambrusco, Rosato, Nero d’Avola, Sagrantino and Aglianico). The entry-level Montevecchio label features blends and more approachable styles. A 2nd vineyard at Merbein is a contract grapegrower, but also has a small nursery block housing the Chalmers’ clonal selections. In ’13 a program of micro-vinification of the rarer, and hitherto unutilised, varieties from the nursery block was introduced. In ’17 a new winery was commissioned in time for most of that year’s vintage, and from ’18 all winemaking was carried out at Merbein. Exports to the UK and Japan. -JH


Winemaker Bart van Olphen, Tennille and Kim Chalmers
Established 1989
Dozens 10 000
Vineyards (area) 27 ha
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours Not
Address 118 Third Street, Merbein, Vic 3505
Telephone 0400 261 932