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New era for Chalmers Vineyard
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The Chalmers Vineyard, home of Chalmers Nurseries, The Murray-Darling Collection and Chalmers Wines, has been acquired by the Macquarie Group Ltd.
Co-owner Bruce Chalmers has been contracted as a consultant on a long-term basis to advise on the management of the vineyard, having spent years with his wife Jenni in creating the state-of-the-art facility.
“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of the Chalmers Vineyard. The fact that the sustainable practices we’ve developed will continue to be implemented was a critical factor in making our decision. We see this as a new phase for the vineyard,” Bruce said in a statement.
Chalmers Wines and the Murray-Darling Collection remain under Chalmers family ownership, who have entered into an agreement with the new owners to continue to develop their Italian variety vineyard at Euston in New South Wales. Chalmers Nurseries will no longer be operational but propagation of the alternative varieties held at Chalmers Vineyard will continue through an affiliate, Binjara Nursery, with consultancy by Bruce Chalmers.
The Macquarie Group has agreed to maintain the conservation strategies put in place over a large part of property, declared by the Chalmers family as a private flora and fauna reserve. This area is home to 1500ha of forests, including 200ha of rare old-growth red gum that has never been logged, and is a major breeding ground for the endangered Regent Parrot.