Chalk Hill is a family owned wine company dedicated to making small batch, hand crafted wines of distinction. The Harvey family grape growing heritage goes back six generations in South Australia, and we now have six vineyards spread across the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region. Our home vineyard was first planted in 1897 and these century old vines still bear fruit today. It is our family commitment to make wines that reveal the unique place that is McLaren Vale, and to show our efforts from the vineyard to the bottle. To us, wine is more than just a drink, it is a reflection of our place and our life.
Tom was born into the wine industry and grew up amongst the vines on the family vineyard. He is the immediate past Chair (and current Director) of McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association, the peak body representing the McLaren Vale region. He has a background in corporate management as State Manager of Bunnings and was a Policy Adviser to the South Australian Premier.
Tom's formal qualifications include Wine Marketing (Roseworthy Campus, University of Adelaide) and Bachelor of Business (University of South Australia). He was selected in the Future Leader's program, an initiative of the peak wine industry bodies for succession in the Australian Wine Sector.
As a sixth-generation vigneron, his wine industry experience stems from growing up on the family vineyard and beyond Chalk Hill continued through six vintages in the Barossa (Richmond Grove) McLaren Vale (Hardy's Tintara) and Oregon, USA (Argyle Winery).
Jock oversees the viticultural management of Chalk Hill’s vineyards and provides advice and management to other leading wine companies in the region. Jock has a Bachelor or Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide (Waite Campus), and has been involved in every aspect of viticulture and wine making both in Australia and the United States. Additionally he has undertaken study tours of the wine regions across Continental Europe, South America and New Zealand.
Renae joined Chalk Hill in November 2014 to oversee all aspects of Chalk Hill’s Winemaking. She has been a hugely refreshing addition to the Chalk Hill team with her passion for wine and winemaking shining through. Her approach to winemaking is quite simple, she likes to make and drink wines that have a purity of fruit expression, showcasing varietal, regional and vineyard characteristics. She believes this is achieved using as little intervention as possible, aiming to guide the wines through maturation before bottling to maintain freshness while having balance, elegance and finesse. With this approach she is bringing a subtle change to the Chalk Hill wines style. This is in full evidence with the 2015 vintage where our wines are showing more brightness, more balance and structure and higher natural acids. The wines are showing greater purity and varietal character and a degree of finesse.
Stu grew up in the McLaren Vale region and spent many a day on his Grandparents vineyard in McLaren Flat. Destined to be in the wine industry from a young age, he is passionate about the wine industry and believes there is a great foundation in place for the next generation of family owned wineries who are focused on producing high quality wines from estate grown vineyards.
His focus is to ensure that everyone hears the Chalk Hill story. It’s about people, great vineyard sites and high quality expressive wines which are balanced, pure and vibrant and utterly world class.