Disaster Bay Chillies

About Us

Disaster Bay Chillies is a partnership between Stuart Meagher and John Wentworth. John has been an organic market gardener for more than a decade and Stuart has been a chilli fanatic for at least as long.

Stuart and John combined their passions in 1999 to grow chillies on the Far South Coast of NSW to produce what they believe is the world’s first commercially available wine made from chillies. They used a recipe from a mate of Stuarts, known as Old Didler, as a starting point. Then, after much experimentation – and a little luck – they struck upon a workable method to produce the wine.

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The wine first went on sale at the 3rd National Chilli Festival in 2000, where it created immediate interest, winning the award for the Best New Product at the festival.

By concentrating on quality rather than quantity and with a philosophy of “if it’s not right it’s wrong” Disaster Bay Chillies have picked up a string of awards nationally and internationally including awards in London and New Mexico.

Disaster Bay Chilli products have been developed to enhance the amazing array of tastes and textures found in the fresh chillies they grow. The range includes chilli chocolates, exotic sauces, liqueur jellies and even a sauce made with freshly smoked chillies and smoked garlic.

Stuart and John maintain the quality of their products by growing their own chillies organically. They produce over 2 tonnes of chillies, which are hand harvested each season and then processed and cooked at a small factory in Eden. They grow up to a dozen different varieties of chillies from the very mild Anaheim Chilli to the fiery hot Habanero and Naga Chillies.

John and Stuart are continually striving to improve on their success around the world. The awards the company has received over the last few years have created keen interest from a number of countries which enabled them to start looking at the prospect of small exclusive export deals.

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With the help of family and friends Disaster Bay Chillies has evolved into a successful, award winning business yet Stuart and John still maintain the home grown, hand made approach that they began with.