While the Chalmers viticultural story goes back to the late 1970s with grapegrowing and vine propagation, it was only in the early 2000s they began to produce their own wine. Beginning with the Murray Darling Collection in 2003 they experimented with many different varieties of French, Spanish and Italian origin in an effort to find grapes which were capable of producing optimum quality in warmer, drier growing conditions. After a few vintages the focus sharpened on Italian varieties, of which they had more than 30 in the vineyard, and they put their name on the label to create Chalmers wines.
The Chalmers range is focused on individual varietal wines each with their own unique personality and forms the core of the family’s vine production. In addition they make a suite of fun, everyday drinking wines under the Montevecchio label as well as single vineyard Heathcote wines Le Sorelle Shiraz and Arturo Malbec.