Producer Profile

Chalk Hill

The legacy of Chalk Hill began in 1839 with John Harvey's arrival in Adelaide, marking the inception of a grape-growing and winemaking heritage that spans over 180 years and six generations. From the establishment of Salisbury, named in honor of his wife's birthplace, to the migration to McLaren Vale, where superior grape growing conditions were recognized, the Harvey family's dedication to viticulture endured. Today, the sixth generation, led by John Harvey's son Tom, continues this rich tradition with five vineyards across McLaren Vale. What started as a focus on grape growing evolved into the Chalk Hill brand, driven by a demand for exceptional wines crafted to share with friends and family. Rooted in the belief that wine embodies the story of its origin.

Where The Wines Come From

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale, nestled in South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, is renowned for its warm climate, diverse terroir, and premium grape-growing conditions. In recent years, this region has also emerged as a hub for natural winemaking. With a focus on sustainability and minimal intervention, McLaren Vale's winemakers are cultivating grapes organically and biodynamically to produce vibrant and expressive wines. They prioritize allowing the grapes to fully reflect the unique characteristics of the region's sandy soils, Mediterranean climate, and proximity to the sea. By eschewing chemical additives and relying on natural fermentation, McLaren Vale's natural wines showcase a wide range of varietals including Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines often exhibit bold fruit flavors, fine tannins, and a sense of place that reflects the region's rugged beauty and pioneering spirit. As the demand for authentic and terroir-driven wines continues to rise, McLaren Vale's commitment to sustainable winemaking ensures it remains at the forefront of Australia's wine industry.