Kim Chalmers began her career in music composition and teaching at the Elder Conservatorium but returned to her viticulture roots in 2005. Kim manages the wine operations at Chalmers, making wines from heat and drought tolerant southern-Italian grape varieties. In 2006, Kim trained with Al Gore as a Climate Project presenter and continues to be involved in working to educate and prepare Australian winegrowers for climate change through alternative varieties and sustainable practices. In 2012 Kim travelled to Southern Italy on an Agrifood Skills International fellowship researching indigenous grape varieties and viticultural techniques and their potential application in Australia.
Kim was Chair of the Victorian Government’s Wine Ministerial Advisory Committee from 2016-2019 and is Brand & Project Manager of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. Kim often presents at viticultural and wine conferences some recent presentations were at the 2016 Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide, 2016 London Restaurant Festival in the UK and 2015 Enologica Montefalco in Umbria Italy. Kim has been integral in re-establishing her family's nursery business, personally selecting a suite of new varieties to import and establish in Australia.