– Another challenging year in the annals of the Australian wine community. That having been said it is time that we are no longer constrained by the issues, but rather inspired by the vision, depth, quality and character of our community.
Global economic issues persist, the climate continues to be unpredictable and market conditions are far from ideal; yet despite all this Chapel Hill has made significant progress this year, with the undoubted highlight being the crowning of Michael & Bryn as the 2010 Bushing Kings, makers of the region’s top wine, the 2008 Chapel Hill Vicar Shiraz.
Other significant milestones included the renovation of the Chapel & Gallery, for the first time since 1965 the chapel now has all six windows in place. We have explored the social media world with Facebook and Twitter presence established, and participation in the innovative Great South Australian Wine Adventure promotion. As we climbed the virtual mountain of the wine trade, Bryn climbed the daunting Mt Ventoux in France raising money for Captain Courageous, and his contribution to Chapel Hill was formally recognized by the inclusion of his name on the new Il Vescovo labels. We welcomed Archie Fragos and Ruby Steer into our broader family, to the great delight of Michael & Marianne and Rachel & Christian. We opened 6 export markets including the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland and China. A new fence line at the Chapel Hill vineyard will hopefully keep the kangaroos in the national park and away from the vines. We evolved our packaging and released four new exciting wines, the three Chapel Hill The Chosen single block wines and the richly textured Chapel Hill Mourvedre. Rebecca Stubbs, South Australia’s young chef of the year joined us taking the regional food expression and the hands on cooking classes at The Retreat to new levels. The olive oil made its debut appearance in Adelaide retail at providores such as Jaggers in the Central Market & Jones the Grocer on King William Rd. and much, much more. All of which would not have been achievable were it not for the on going passionate commitment of the team at Chapel Hill.
So as the year comes to a close, whilst we acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead, we are thankful for our blessings, committed to our future and remain passionate members of the McLaren Vale & Australian wine community. So we, the Chapel Hill family, raise a glass to you all, thank you for your support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.