Published on October 4th, 2016 | by melbournesalamifesta
Making a mountain out of Moscato.
In 2011, Montevecchio (‘Old Mountain’) was ushered into the world by the Chalmers family. Not in Sardinia, but on the Mount Camel Range near Colbinabbin, in Heathcote.
Now, Bruce, Jenni, Kim and Tennille may not have Italian names, but the Chalmers’ absolutely know, love and champion Italian varietals, particularly of the southern sort. So much so they were named 2014 Viticulturist of the Year by Gourmet Traveller Wine.
From Aglianico to Vermentino, for over 30 years the family has played a passionate, pivotal role in the growth and success of this movement, providing welcome (if occasionally difficult to pronounce) alternatives for Australian wine drinkers. Says Bruce: ”People have said that and it’s a nice feeling to have had some small hand in doing it, but we never had a grand plan… although we did have a master plan some 15 or more years ago to at least make people look at alternative varieties.”
With daughters Kim and Tennille heading up the wine business, the second generation of Chalmers are just as committed to continued experimentation by bringing in even more varietals; the finest Italian grapes getting intimately involved with some of Australia’s most fertile soil.
In the meantime, a focus on fun, everyday-drinking Italian style field blends has seen Montevecchio expand locals’ palates and the range’s fan base even further. Bianco, Moscato, Rosso and Rosato are perfectly suited to an afternoon of relaxed company, easy conversation and salami appreciation.
On a separate but related note, Kim and Tennille have been driving forces in turning the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show into a major event on the wine awards calendar, while also spearheading 21st Century Vino; a great initiative to increase awareness and expertise in Italian vine varieties grown in Australia. We raise a glass to them for their efforts!
Montevecchio Wines is a Major Partner and wine supplier of the 2016 Melbourne Salami Festa.