Originally the Christian Bible Church for the local area, then later also used as a parish school; the chapel closed in its centenary year (1965) and fell into disrepair until its restoration in the 1970s by Adelaide Professor Tom Nelson. Tom commenced the establishment of a winery and the Chapel Hill brand in 1973 and six years later the site was purchased by a partnership of the Sellick and Gerrard families who enjoyed considerable success in developing the Chapel Hill wines. Gerrard bought out the Sellick family in the 80’s. A new winery was constructed in 1994 with a capacity of 1,000 tonnes, the equivalent of around 80,000 cases of wine. In 2000, Chapel Hill was acquired by the Swiss based family of Thomas Schmidheiny.
Chapel Hill owns and operates 44 hectares of vineyards and purchases fruit from a select group of McLaren Vale vignerons.
Since 2006 there have been a number of significant changes within the business. Changes to vineyards, wine styles, packaging and personnel have significantly contributed to a new look Chapel Hill that is totally dedicated to producing the best possible quality range of wines that articulate the stylistic expression of the region.
In 2003 we opened The Retreat showcasing the very best of McLaren Vale regional food, wine and accommodation experiences.
In this picture, Chapel Hill circa 1970.