2012 - Chairman of Judges - Hunter Valley Wine Show
2010 "Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year" – FINALIST
2009 "Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year” - Hunter Valley Legends & Wine Industry Awards
Jim Chatto is a Wine Science graduate from Charles Sturt University, joining Pepper Tree Wines in the role of Chief Winemaker in 2007. Jim is the 2009 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year.
Jim’s philosophies and techniques are reflective of a winemaker of the world having worked locally in the Hunter as well as vintages in the Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Hungary and France.
To continue to grow, Jim moved back to the Hunter Valley where he relishes the rewards of winemaking – particularly the Hunter’s Semillon and Shiraz with their distinctive regional characteristics.
Jim is also a National Wine Show Judge and has been described by James Halliday as having a ‘remarkably acute palate’. Jim Chatto was a Len Evans Tutorial Scholar in 2002.