Chapman Grove Wines Pty Ltd
Margaret River is located nearly 3,000 kilometres away from South Australia’s vineyards and over 4,000 kilometres from the Hunter Valley. It is a very different place than the rest of Australia’s wine regions. The climate is strongly influenced by the proximity to the ocean, cradled as it is by the Indian and Great Southern Oceans. Margaret River has the lowest average mean temperature of Australia’s wine regions at 7.6°C and is a high rainfall zone, with 1,160 millimetres per year, falling mainly during the winter months (May to September). The region was originally identified in the 1960s as an area suitable for the cultivation of fine wine grapes by agronomist Dr. John Gladstone. After a long search for what he considered his ideal location, Ron Fraser planted his first vineyard in 1997 at Rosa Glen, 10 kilometres south of the Margaret River township. Chapman Grove Estate currently consists of 32 hectares planted to both red and white grape varieties on treeton soils or gravelly loam over clay. Wines are made by award-winning winemaker Richard Rowe – who has assisted in the establishment of several five-star producers in Margaret River. He believes that making great wine begins with a deep understanding of soils and sustainable farming practices – a philosophy fully shared by Ron.