Saltire Estate was born in 2006 when the Leslie family acquired land that was originally part of the much larger George Hunter Estate established by the Sydney restauranteur, Oliver Shaul in the 1970s. Our Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot vines are all that remain of the 500 acre estate.
Not many people know that the original vines planted in the Hunter Valley were planted by proud Scot, James Busby in the early 1830s. Known as the father of Australian wine, Busby brought 500 cuttings from Europe to Australia and planted them in the Hunter region of Belford. It is from these vines that the majority of existing Hunter Valley vineyards were propagated.
Owned by an Australian/Scottish family, Saltire Estate welcomes ex-pats, Outlander fans and lovers of fine wine on Saturday & Sundays each weekend unless we are off site attending a festival and making new friends. Also, on the third weekend of May we welcome guests of the Lovedale Long Lunch, a progressive lunch held across seven of Lovedale's most beautiful wineries. For more information, head to our Events page.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Lovedale Long Lunch has been cancelled.
In the past, the Leslie family have also owned other neighbouring Lovedale estates, Warraroong and Wandin Valley. Some of the stock from these properties remains and is sold through this website at bargain prices! In particular the Warraroong aged Semillons which have won much critical acclaim and grow even more delicious with age. Check them out here.