Our Grapes

Rockleigh Vineyard, just 5km south of Young in the Hilltops Region in Southern New South Wales, was a neglected plum orchard when it was acquired by Chalkers Crossing. The orchard was converted to a modern 10ha vineyard in late-1997 with the planting of Riesling, Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The first crop from these vines was harvested in early-2000.

Kylmorn Vineyard, 7 kms south of Young in the Hilltops Region, is the latest acquisition of Nice Link Pty Ltd. It is a 17 Ha modern vineyard planted in 2002 with Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

The red sandy loam soils of the Hilltops Region were recognised long ago as prime land for growing stone fruits, particularly cherries. Young is known as 'The Cherry Capital of Australia', although many different fruits are grown in the region. The combination of fertile soils, reliable rainfall and a Mediterranean continental climate makes the Hilltops Region ideal for growing premium quality grapes for wine production.

Wine grapes were first planted in the Region in the late-1800's during the gold rush era. The industry fell into decline until the 1980's when grapes were planted in what is now McWilliams' Barwang vineyard. In the past twenty years there has been an acceleration of wine grape plantings in the Hilltops with over 400 hectares of vines producing over 3,000 tonnes of wine grapes annually. The majority of current grape production is sold to large multinational producers of wine outside the region, with only limited production of wine within the Hilltops Region.

To compliment its Hilltops range of wines, Chalkers Crossing buys grapes from the cool climate Tumbarumba Region of southern New South Wales to make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. All Chalkers Crossing wines are made at its modern winery just north of Young.