One of the major concerns of the Chalmers family is protection, preservation and re-establishment of the native flora and fauna on their properties and minimal impact on the environment from their viticultural pursuits.
The Chalmers family acknowledges that climate change is a reality and is constantly taking positive steps to reduce their carbon emissions and chemical use while implementing high-tech systems to ensure highly economical water consumption.
Through their nursery’s varietal selection and importation program, and subsequent vineyard trials and evaluation, Chalmers have identified and cultivated grape varieties that are naturally more resistant to drought and heat.
This means quality fruit in warmer growing regions with less water requirement and usually also higher resistance to disease.
These attributes mean that as our wine regions get warmer and drier we have the opportunity to continue to create wines of great quality while putting less stress on natural resources and using less chemicals.
Many of the vineyard applications used in the production of the Chalmers range of wines are organic with a view to operating at both the Heathcote and Merbein properties in a fully organic regime in the coming years.