Once named ‘world’s best winemaker’ at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2007, Chapel Hill says few wineries have achieved its acclaim. Celebrating its 50th year, the winery is renewing its commitment to sustainable winemaking practices to ensure they thrive for the next 50 years.
In September 2021, Chapel Hill achieved accreditation for the winery and its vineyard from Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainable winemaking processes.
As a neighbor to the Onkaparinga River National Park, Chapel Hill says it takes its responsibility to protect natural flora and fauna throughout its property seriously. With no access to mains water, all water usage is optimised, capturing as much rainwater as possible, and treating all waste water on-site to be reused for irrigation.
For the past ten years, the winemakers have clarified their premium reds naturally, without any filtration or fining. This has led to better preservation of flavors and tannins in the wine, resulting in superior mouthfeel and complexity.
Chief winemaker Michael Fragos said, “It is such a privilege to get involved and contribute to the ongoing development of the region by sharing information about geology, single block wines and viticulture.”
The winery recently picked up a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge 2022 for The Vicar Shiraz 2019 and has nationally released a Vintage Collection of premium wines.
Their newest Vintage collection features the award-winning shiraz, and The Vicar Shiraz 2019 (RRP $75), Roadblock Shiraz 2019 (RRP $65), and the Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (RRP $65) and is available online and at Dan Murphy’s nationwide.