Chapel Hill was established in 1973 in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Chapel Hill owns and operates 44 hectares of vineyards and purchases fruit from a select group of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills vignerons.Known for their Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines preD.inately, the winery has evolved into a cornerstone winery in the region and in recent years has been working with alternative grape varieties like Sangiovese and Tempranillo. They have been a leading proponent of environmental sustainability, taking on a charter to ensure green practices are adhered to in their maintenance of vines, and in their winemaking.One of the larger operations in McLaren Vale, Chapel Hill is led by Michael Fragos, the established wine maker who works closely with his vineyard team. The vineyards are being moved over to biodynamic viticulture to achieve ultimate balance for the vines. Wines are made with modern technique, though traditional influences are found in the winery.Chapel Hill winery takes its name from the historic ironstone chapel built on the property in 1865. It has served as a local church, then parish school and now, a graceful cellar door and art gallery, focused on promoting the work of talented local contemporary and indigenous artists.Winemaker Bryn Richards strives to craft wines that display purity in regards to varietal and vineyard site characters, wines that have a deep soul and a sense of place. ?We are also focussing on achieving mouth feel and texture as well as alluring complexity. Balance is imperative because if the components are all interwoven into the structure of the wine, then ultimately the wine will be more respectful towards food and will age more gracefully.
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