Chester Osborn, fourth generation family member and Chief Winemaker, has forged a reputation for producing strikingly individual wines and melding tradition and innovation. He was born in 1962 and raised on the family property, where his father d’Arry first produced wine with the famous red stripe.
During Chester’s primary and secondary years of schooling he worked in the vineyards and the cellar floor during school holidays. In 1980 Chester commenced his Oenology degree at Roseworthy Agricultural College. During the next three years he worked the vintage period in various wineries including Tullochs in the Hunter Valley and Hardy’s Chateau Reynella.
In 1983, Chester graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Oenology and took over the reins as Chief Winemaker at d’Arenberg, rejuvenating the 70 year old cellars and 19th Century vineyards as well as overseeing all aspects of winemaking, viticulture and marketing. In 1984 he took leave from the winery and spent most of the year undertaking a viticultural and oenological tour of France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
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 and Souzao and now makes wine from over 33 different varieties.
In 2012 he and his father, d’Arry Osborn, celebrated 100 years of family winemaking and grapegrowing in McLaren Vale.