Chester is the 4th generation winemaker at d’Arenberg. In the winery Chester maintains many practices used by his father and grandfather including the use of open wax-lined concrete fermenters, basket presses for reds and whites and foot treading red ferments. The vineyards are also run Organic and Biodynamic,
D’Arenberg is the largest Biodynamic grower in Australia.
Discovering new varieties suited to the diverse terroir of McLaren Vale has been an ongoing passion for Chester. He has been instrumental in introducing many varieties to the region including Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Tempranillo, Tinta Cao, Aglianico, Mencia, and Souzao and now makes more than 70 different wines from over 37 different varieties, including 23 single vineyard Shiraz and Grenache wines, called the Amazing Sites.
Recently, Chester opened what has been a more than a 15 year dream in the making, the d’Arenberg Cube – a 5 storey multi function centre in the heart of McLaren Vale. It has drawn media attention and awards worldwide for its striking appearance, a cube shaped building with the top two floors twisted on their axis and a striking geometric pattern on the outside. Housed inside is the Alternate realities museum, South Australia’s highest rated Restaurant, World leading art gallery, and a very contemporary tasting area