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Chapel Hill Wine

It is No Sin to Visit the Chapel Hill Wine

Australians have a history of liking alcohol too much and records from 1861 show that there was one pub for every 39 people, which tells you that they know something about alcohol and it is not only do they serve cheap plonk in the water holes, they happen to make good wine down under too.

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Chapel Hill wine is located in the northern end of McLaren Vale with an elevated view of the Gulf of St Vincent and the Onkaparinga Gorge in Adelaide, Australia.

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History of Chapel Hill Wine

The name derives from a historical iron stone chapel that was built in 1865 that served as a church and then a parish school, but was closed in 1965, leaving it to be in disarray until the renovations that occurred by Professor Tom Nelson in the 1970’s.

Tom established a winery and built the Chapel Hill brand by 1973.

He sold it 6 years later to the Sellick and Gerard families who enjoyed the wine making business, but Gerard bought out Sellick and a new winery was constructed in 1994 and the Gerard family sold to the Schmidheiny family who were based in Switzerland and also own wineries in California, Switzerland and Argentina.

The vineyards and grapes

Chapel Hill consists of 44 hectares of vineyards and they also purchase fruits from selected grape growers in the region.

They have made numerous changes to the vineyards, the wines and the packaging along with, adding on a retreat so that visitors can enjoy the wines and relax with the view of the beautiful terrain.

They use sustainable farming methods and the soils in the vineyards consist of ancient rock formations along with the help of the elevated site.

The grape varietals planted in the vineyards consist of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Mourvedre.

Because of the winery’s amazing vineyards Chapel Hill decided to make a range of single block wines from this terrain which include;  Road Block Shiraz, House Block Shiraz, Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon and Gorge Block Chardonnay.

They also have the 27 hectare Kangarilla Vineyards, located at the foothills of the Mt Lofty ranges which were first planted in 1995 and consists of Chardonnay, Shiraz, Sangiovese and Verdelho grape varietals.

Due to the cool breezes in the gully, this vineyard is an excellent one for producing European grape varietals as well as the white grape varietals with its slow ripening conditions.

With a blessing of the Mediterranean climate influencing the soils of lime, sand, clay and loam this winery has been able to produce internationally acclaimed wines with a variety that appeals to most taste buds.

The wines of Chapel Hill are made with modern techniques, using traditional influences creating balance and purity.

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Chapel Hill Mclaren Vale Wines

Bush Vine Grenache has spicy undertones and perfumed flavours and is fermented separately in open fermenters to gain a slow extraction.  It is basket pressed, racked and then aged in 1 to 5 year old French oak hogsheads and is then bottled unfiltered.

Chapel Hill Reserve consists of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon that is known today as “The Vicar” and it is a full bodied red wine that has had a long time to age.  It was first made to commemorate the buildings 150 years.

2013 Icon Selection consists of a single bottle of each of the Chapel reds. The Vicar Shiraz is formerly known as Chapel Hill Reserve, Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon, House Block Shiraz and Road Block Shiraz.

2013 Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz is a deep red wine with aromas of dark berries and vanilla oak ending on a spicy note

Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre consists of 60% Grenache, 30% Shiraz and 10% Mourvedre varietals and is a medium bodied red wine

Chapel Hill the Parsons Nose Shiraz has aromas of blueberries and spices with aniseed and Satsuma plum flavours

Gorge Block Chardonnay 2009 has citrus and fig flavours with aromas of spicy and toasted oak.  This wine is barrel fermented with a blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old tight grain French oak barrels enhancing the natural Chardonnay fruit characters.

Chapel Hill Wineries have over 40 bottles of wine to choose from and they are distributed internationally, but to try and name them all would be a task far better served in a taste test as it would be a sin not to.

Visit Chapel Hill – McLaren Vale

Choosing to visit this winery is a treat with so much to do, as you are able to stay in one of the 10 bedrooms whilst enjoying a cooking class, wine tasting and tours through the cellars where the winemakers will let you in on some of their expertise.

Tours and Events

Read more about the events and wine tasting.

Contact information

Chapel Hill Wine
Website: http://www.chapelhillwine.com.au/
Phone: +61 8 8323 8429

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Address

Chapel Hill Wine
Corner Chapel Hill and Chaffey’s Road, McLaren Flat SA
5171, Chapel HillMcLaren Vale, Australia

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Wines from Chapel Hill

All Wine Reviews for Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill – Abacus Shiraz

Chapel Hill – Abacus Shiraz

Abacus Shiraz is a red-blended wine created with richness and intensity, suitable for vegans and vegetarians since there are no preservatives added.
Chapel Hill – Apostle Chardonnay

Chapel Hill – Apostle Chardonnay

Apostle Chardonnay is a white blended wine, which is crafted with unique style included in Chapel Hill’s fine representation of McLaren’s generosity.
Chapel Hill – Bush Vine Grenache

Chapel Hill – Bush Vine Grenache

Bush Vine Grenache is a red-blended wine created with great passion and lavishness, which manifests the colorful and proud history of McLaren Vale.
Chapel Hill – Chardonnay

Chapel Hill – Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white-blended, buttery and complex wine made from the world’s most popular grape variety from the McLaren Vale region.
Chapel Hill – Chosen Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon

Chapel Hill – Chosen Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon

Chosen Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon is a red-blended, rich and intense wine recognized as one of the highest priced wines in the McLaren Vale region.
Chapel Hill – Chosen Gorge Block Chardonnay

Chapel Hill – Chosen Gorge Block Chardonnay

Chosen Gorge Block Chardonnay is a white-blended, buttery and complex, which is not widely known compared to other wines from the region.
Chapel Hill – Chosen House Block Shiraz

Chapel Hill – Chosen House Block Shiraz

Chosen House Block Shiraz is a red-blended, filled with flavors and passion; recognized as above average in terms of popularity of wines.
Chapel Hill – Chosen Road Block Shiraz

Chapel Hill – Chosen Road Block Shiraz

Chosen Road Block Shiraz is a red-blended, powerful and a full-bodied wine filled with intensity and balance, which is highly recognized in the region.
Chapel Hill – Fortified Shiraz

Chapel Hill – Fortified Shiraz

Fortified Shiraz is a red-colored, fortified wine; taken as a dessert wine with rich and warming style which is appropriate for vegetarians and vegans.
Chapel Hill – Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Chapel Hill – Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre is a red-blended wine recognized as traditional and the third of the most important and historical varieties of McLaren Vale.
Chapel Hill – iI Vescovo Sangiovese Rose

Chapel Hill – iI Vescovo Sangiovese Rose

iI Vescovo Sangiovese Rose is created with richness and fruity flavors, which is perfectly compatible with any kind of food and time of drinking.
Chapel Hill – iI Vescovo Tempranillo

Chapel Hill – iI Vescovo Tempranillo

iI Vescovo Tempranillo is red-blended, delicious and passionate wine, which is carefully produced and made from the essential Tempranillo grapes.
Chapel Hill – iI Vescovo White

Chapel Hill – iI Vescovo White

iI Vescovo White is a white-blended wine with tropical and balanced style, which is acknowledged as a unique expression of the McLaren Vale.
Chapel Hill – Mclaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Chapel Hill – Mclaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Mclaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon is a red-blended wine with flavorful and intense style recognized as one of the most popular wines of McLaren Vale.
Chapel Hill – McLaren Vale Sangiovese

Chapel Hill – McLaren Vale Sangiovese

McLaren Vale Sangiovese is a red-blended wine created uniquely and acknowledged as one of the region’s essential and unique wines.
Chapel Hill – McLaren Vale Shiraz

Chapel Hill – McLaren Vale Shiraz

McLaren Vale Shiraz is a red-blended wine designed with passion and showcases the upright and uniqueness of the region’s vineyards.
Chapel Hill – Pinot Grigio

Chapel Hill – Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is a white-blended wine with tropical and balanced style recognized as a great representation of how charming McLaren Vale is.
Chapel Hill – Reserve Shiraz Cabernet

Chapel Hill – Reserve Shiraz Cabernet

Reserve Shiraz Cabernet is a red colored wine, which was crafted with richness and real intensity recognized as one of the winery's flagship wines.
Chapel Hill – Sangiovese Rose

Chapel Hill – Sangiovese Rose

Sangiovese Rose is a rosy, rich and fruity wine produced by Chapel Hill, made from the fruit from the Kangarilla vineyard of the Mt. Lofty Ranges.
Chapel Hill – The Devil Tawny

Chapel Hill – The Devil Tawny

The Devil Tawny is a red port blended wine taken as a dessert wine, which is rich in flavor and warming recognized as a flagship wine of Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill – The Parson GSM

Chapel Hill – The Parson GSM

The Parson GSM is a red blended wine created with great value and intensity, which is included in the more affordable category in terms of price.
Chapel Hill – The Parsons Cabernet Sauvignon

Chapel Hill – The Parsons Cabernet Sauvignon

The Parsons Cabernet Sauvignon is a red-blended wine designed to express and showcase the charm of McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chapel Hill – The Parsons Shiraz

Chapel Hill – The Parsons Shiraz

The Parsons Shiraz is a red-blended, rich and intense wine acknowledged as one of the most popular wines from the region based from affordability.
Chapel Hill – The Vicar Shiraz

Chapel Hill – The Vicar Shiraz

The Vicar Shiraz is a red-blended wine crafted by Chapel Hill with richness and intensity recognized as the third most highly rated McLaren wine.
Chapel Hill – The Vinedresser Shiraz

Chapel Hill – The Vinedresser Shiraz

The Vinedresser Shiraz is an impressive red-blended wine with amazing richness and intensity which is more affordable than other McLaren Vale red wines.
Chapel Hill – Verdelho

Chapel Hill – Verdelho

Verdelho is a white-blended wine with tropical and balanced style, originated in Portugal and was the first to be exported in Australia.
Chapel Hill – Vermentino

Chapel Hill – Vermentino

Vermentino is a white-colored wine made from pure Vermentino grapes, which is perfect to drink during warm sunny days in the McLaren Vale region.
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