Our Story

SCOTTISH and PROUD. 

Saltire wines are born out of a passion and celebration of the Hunter Valley and it's connection to ancient Scotland. The ancient ensign stirs the blood, evokes pride and above all, commands a powerful allegiance.

 

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 not far from Lovedale. It is from these vines that the majority of existing Hunter Valley vineyards were propagated. 

When the Leslie family purchased Saltire Estate in 2006 they chose to honour both Busby and their own Scottish heritage by naming it thus.

The land was originally part of the much larger George Hunter Estate established by the Sydney restauranteur, Oliver Shaul in the 1970s but these days, our Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot vines are all that remain of the 500 acre estate. 

 

Our creed.

We believe great quality wine doesn't need to be expensive. We work hard to provide great value and this simple philosophy drives every decision we make.

By furnishing our Cellar Door with furniture that was mostly sourced second hand or made from old pallets and wine barrels, not spending time or money on expensive marketing but relying on great word of mouth from our loyal customers and having a small but dedicated team who dig in wherever needed we are able to provide great quality wines at the lowest prices possible. 

All are welcome.

Saltire Estate invites ex-pats, Outlander fans and all lovers of fine wine to visit their Cellar Door each Friday-Sunday. 

Our Cellar Door is welcoming, warm and friendly and when you visit to try the wines, experience the view and pat Max you become part of our story too.