Former Canterbury Bankstown Bulldog Peter Mortimer, his wife Julie and their five sons, Michael, James, Tim, Daniel and Robbie planted Chestnut Garth Vineyard to 1 hectare of Chardonnay grapes in 1996.
The following year a further 1.2 hectares of Shiraz and 1 hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon were added. More recently a small area of Pinot Noir and Merlot was planted. They source Sauvignon Blanc from a neighbouring vineyard.
Chestnut Garth vineyard is named after a quiet avenue in the rural Humberside village of Burton Pidsea in the UK where Peter played Rugby League for Hull Kingston Rovers in 1987. The original street sign is "on loan" and adorns the entrance to Chestnut Garth Vineyard at 786 Burrendong Way Orange in New South Wales.
Chestnut Garth Vineyard is 7.86 km from the Orange Post Office hence the number 786. Follow Burrendong Way for 5 Km past the Northern distributor. As you approach the small village of March you will see The Old March School est 1866 which adjoins the vineyard and is now our Cellar Door .The vineyard is maintained and worked by the Mortimer family. The grapes are hand picked.
Orange is located on the central tablelands of New South Wales on the slopes of Mount Canobolas. The cool climate and basalt soils have proven ideal for growing premium quality wine grapes with intense flavour.
Peter and Julie engaged the services of Simon Gilbert, a highly awarded Australian wine maker in 2000 to produce their wines.
Simon Gilbert is a fifth generation winemaker and has established his own winermaking business in Mudgee, NSW. After gaining a Diploma in Oenology at Roseworthy College, Simon has worked as a winemaker at several leading Australian wineries before he launched Simon Gilbert Wine Services in 1994.