Wine Tourism in Hunter Valley: A Day at Saltire Estate

Wine Tourism in Hunter Valley: A Day at Saltire Estate

Mar 29, 2024

Welcome to the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia’s premier destination for wine enthusiasts and those looking to escape into the tranquility of vineyard-laden landscapes.

Among the esteemed wineries of this region, Saltire Estate stands out as a beacon for travellers seeking a blend of exquisite wines, stunning scenery, and warm hospitality.

From the moment you drive through the lush, rolling hills that lead to Saltire Estate, you’re embarking on more than just a day trip—it’s an immersive experience that tantalises the senses and soothes the soul. Here, the world slows down, allowing you to savour every moment, from the first glimpse of the vineyard’s verdant vines to the last sip of their finely crafted wine.

At Saltire Estate, the essence of Hunter Valley’s wine culture is encapsulated in every activity offered. Whether you are a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of wines, the estate’s expertly guided tours and tastings provide an insightful, engaging way to explore the subtleties of winemaking. Enjoy a day tailored to uncover the delights of the vineyard, the complexities of their wine collection, and the breathtaking beauty of the setting.

Morning Activities

Arrival and Welcome at Saltire Estate

As you arrive at Saltire Estate, you're greeted with the breathtaking vistas of vine-covered hills bathed in the soft morning light. The friendly staff welcome you warmly, setting the tone for a day of exploration and relaxation. They provide you with a brief overview of the estate’s layout and today’s itinerary, ensuring you know exactly what delightful experiences lie ahead.

Guided Vineyard Tour

Your day begins with a guided tour of the sprawling vineyards. As you take in the view of meticulously tended vines, your guide shares insights into the varieties of grapes grown here—each chosen for their ability to thrive in the local climate and soil. You learn about Saltire Estate’s commitment to sustainable farming practices and how these contribute to the high quality of their wines. The history of the estate unfolds as you wander, revealing stories of its origins and evolution into a renowned wine destination.

Midday Experiences

Wine Tasting Session

Next, you're invited into the elegant Cellar Door offering panoramic views of the estate. Here, you experience a curated selection of Saltire Estate’s finest wines. Each wine is presented with detailed tasting notes, explaining the flavour profiles and the winemaking processes that enhance their unique characteristics. You're also given tips on how to taste wine to appreciate its full complexity, enhancing your understanding and enjoyment of each sip.

Cheese Tasting at the Estate

Take your wine tasting to the next level by indulging in our Wine and Cheese Tasting Experience. We've sourced four mouth-watering cheeses from the local Lovedale dairy, Binnorie Dairy, to create the perfect pairing for our premium range of wines.

Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through the pairing process and help you discover how each cheese and wine complement each other. From the smooth and creamy Pesto Labna paired with our aged Traditional Method Sparkling, to the rich and decadent Duetto matched with our luscious Muscat, each pairing is a flavour sensation that is sure to impress. 

Afternoon Delights

Leisure Activities

After lunch, the afternoon is yours to enjoy. You might choose to take a leisurely walk around the property, capturing photos of the stunning landscape, or simply relax in the gardens, letting the peaceful surroundings work their magic. For those interested in the finer details of winemaking, our friendly staff will guide you deeper into the wondrous world of winemaking


As the stars begin to twinkle, your day at Saltire Estate concludes, but the memories of the flavours, sights, and sounds linger. We hope you leave with not only a deeper appreciation for Hunter Valley wines but also a renewed sense of relaxation and joy.

Inspired to explore further? Consider booking an overnight stay at nearby accommodations to extend this unforgettable experience. Follow us on social media to keep updated on upcoming events and offerings that might tempt you back for another visit.

More articles