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Our management team has over 110 years experience in the wine industry and vineyard services since the 1980s. We have an intimate knowledge of the McLaren Vale wine region and work with you to tailor our services to your individual needs.
Proprietor & Managing Director
Jock oversees the viticultural management of Chalk Hill’s vineyards. With a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide, Jock has been involved in every aspect of viticulture and winemaking both in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA.
It’s important to Jock that the visual impact of Chalk Hill’s operations are kept to a minimum, and the landscape of the McLaren Vale region is maintained. He is also keen to find the right balance between profitability and sustainability.
Jock provides advice and management to other leading wine companies in the region, as well as contributing back to the community through environmental and social projects such as the Homeless Grapes Project, which raises money for the Hutt St Centre.
Viticulture & Operations Manager
Matt has always had a passion for farming and has worked in numerous vineyards and wineries in Australia, New Zealand and America. A clear thinker who is also logistically minded, Matt is a grower advocate with a good understanding of the economics of the wine industry.
With a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Matt is the former chair of the McLaren Vale Vine Improvement Society. He is also a regular volunteer at Fred’s Van, which feeds the homeless in Aldinga.
Scott is one of many long-serving Chalk Hill staff. He began working in vineyards 15 years ago as an operator driving tractors and in the field grafting vines and is now supervisor to a large number of staff. With a Cert III in Viticulture, Scott has an excellent understanding of all viticulture operations. He is also highly experienced with machinery, as well as being great with the application of new technology.
Scott has a passion for horticulture which extends beyond vineyards into his own vege patch by Chalk Hill’s California Road vineyard.
Technical and Organic Manager
Liz is a widely experienced compliance specialist, with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture). She has worked in winery laboratories and as a grower liaison officer, as well as having a stint with an agriculture research company where she was responsible for report compilation and quality assurance, honing her skills in attention to detail.
These skills are put to good use at Chalk Hill, where Liz manages crop estimates, grape sampling and quality accreditation programs including organic certification, Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).
Richard first visited McLaren Vale in the late ’80s when his uncle established a vineyard in the region. Later, he dug his first open fermenter on a family visit, and from that point forward, the wine industry was for him. Richard studied viticulture at the University of Adelaide, before moving to McLaren Vale in 2005.
Since then, he has worked in grower extension, viticultural consulting, winemaking and vineyard management, and is skilled in applying new technology to irrigation management. He has also worked vintages in the cellar in Canada, Marlborough, Napa and St Emilion.
Richard is also a volunteer firefighter at the Willunga CFS and treasurer of the McLaren Vale Vine Improvement Society.
Field Operations Supervisor
As well as being Chalk Hill’s field operations supervisor, Andy is a winemaker and co-owner of Lino Ramble. Originally from Margaret River, Andy has travelled widely to countries including France and Italy making wine. With a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Viticulture /Oenology), Andy was previously winemaker and viticulturist at Kay Brothers.
He has a clear understanding of the effects of vineyard operation on wine outcomes, and a precise understanding of the cost of running a vineyard and growing fruit to specification. He is also an effective conduit between the grower and the winemaker for Chalk Hill.