Chalmers Wines Australia

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9 Hunter Pl, Heathcote (VIC), Victoria 3523
Chalmers Wines Australia
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Chalmers Wines Australia

9 Hunter Pl, Heathcote (VIC), Victoria 3523


The Chalmers family’s commitment to innovation and excellence has made them a pivotal force in the Australian wine scene for almost 30 years. Through their nursery, vineyards and wine brands, Chalmers encourages viticultural diversity.

The Chalmers Family are proud to join the energetic team at the Heathcote Inn, under new ownership, recently renovated, and home to our brand new Chalmers Cellar Door.

In 2008 the Chalmers family purchased an 80 hectare property on the Mt Camel range near Colbinabbin in the northern part of the GI region of Heathcote in Victoria.

The property had previously been used for cereal cropping so Chalmers developed the high-density vineyard from scratch with careful rootstock selection to control vigour and east-west row orientation for even exposure and free flowing air-drainage to reduce disease risk.

The Heathcote Vineyard is an east facing sloped site comprised of the famous red Cambrian soils of the area. The lower vineyard is deep, red clay-loam while the higher vineyard is complex rocky terrain of ironstone, dolerite, green basalt and jasper.

The first vines were planted in September 2009 with the inaugural Chalmers Heathcote wines produced from the 2011 vintage, coinciding with the launch of the Montevecchio range.

The site holds 24 different varieties already and many vinification experiments are being conducted on the individual characteristics of the soils of different blocks within the site.

Parcels of fruit from this vineyard are also sold to other adventurous winemakers each vintage and Chalmers value their role as respected growers for the more than 40 different winemakers, from garage to well established, utilising their grapes.

2010 saw the establishment of the new Murray Darling site for Chalmers on an old settlement block in Merbein just outside Mildura.

The 35 hectare property includes some commercial plantings of varieties such as vermentino, nero d’Avola, sagrantino and lambrusco maestri but also houses the nursery and source blocks for the vine varieties Chalmers import and distribute around the country.

In 2015 a further 11 varieties and clones from Italy were added to the collection in Merbein. The latest import has focused on white varieties and will be producing plant material which should be made available to the wider industry from 2018 onwards.

These source blocks are used to collect cuttings for propagation, but the fruit from these vines is also used for small batch experimental winemaking. Vinification trials such as harvest date, heat and drought tolerance, rootstock research etc. are all part of the winemaking experiments which are eventually bottled and made available to trade and the public as exclusive limited releases. These wines are made and bottled on site at Merbein, crafted simply with minimal additions and released under the #bucketwine and Chalmers Project labels.

Our Cellar Door is open Friday, Saturday Sunday, 12 noon to 5pm.

For all other times, private or group tasting bookings and functions or general enquiries, please contact the Heathcote Inn on 03 5433 2409 or email
Group bookings recommended for 6 or more people.




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Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


9 Hunter Pl, Heathcote (VIC), Victoria 3523
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September 14, 2021
Chalmers Wines Vermentino
Chalmers Wines Vermentino

Chalmers Vermentino is a truly unique iteration of the Mediterranean grape, a crisp and refreshing drink with white florals, soft stonefruit and a lick of saltiness, perfect for the Australian al fresco lifestyle.