The Sanguine Estate vineyard was established by Tony and Linda Hunter in 1997 and is located on the famous 510-million-year-old Cambrian earth belt in central Heathcote. More than a decade since the first vines at Sanguine Estate were carefully planted by family and friends, it was established that Tony’s great grandfather, Pietro D’Orsa, had planted a vineyard in a neighbouring region in the late 1800s – so it was in his blood all along!
Shiraz is the heart of the vineyard, and son Mark Hunter (winemaker and viticulturist) ensures that nature is respected from vine to ferment by handpicking and pruning the vines, fermenting fruit with its own wild yeasts in small open fermenters and moving wine around the cellars by gravity to avoid the use of pumps. A true testament to Mark’s dedication, Sanguine Estate was awarded the prestigious Heathcote Grand Terroir trophy at the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019 Heathcote Wine Shows – five out of the eight times this trophy has been awarded.
The winery was also awarded a TOP 5-red star rating in the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion (one of three wineries in Heathcote to have achieved this highly sought after award), and has received trophies, high ratings and numerous awards since commencing its operation.
The most notable of these is the “Best Shiraz in the World” award by Winestate’s World’s Greatest Syrah and Shiraz Challenge with Sanguine Estate’s 2012 Inception Shiraz sitting alongside the 2012 Penfolds Grange and other iconic Australian and French brands for this iconic status.
Sanguine Estate has appeared in several top ten overall rankings over a number of years. The Hunter family – with daughter Jodi at the helm – doesn’t do things by halves. Situated right in the heart of the vineyard, Sanguine Estate’s cellar door is impressive to say the least. Guests to the cellar door can get up close and personal with the inner sanctum of both the winery and barrel room while enjoying a wine tasting.
Sanguine Estate and Heathcote region associations have also added some major events to its calendars, such as Heathcote on Show held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, Annual Family Dinners in August, Burning of the Canes celebration in September and the October Heathcote Wine and Food Festival. Most notably, the Sanguine Estate Music Festival held annually is designed to provide an absolute sensory extravaganza that will keep you enthralled from the moment you arrive to the moment you reluctantly leave. Visit the website for more information.
⇐ 2022 Sanguine Estate Chardonnay
Mark has always loved the Chablis style of chardonnay and couldn’t resist planting a small plot in Sanguine Estate’s vineyard. He’s quickly discovered what a joy this grape can be if treated with respect, and for each vintage he sets aside some impressive French oak for this lively, complex and full-figured wine.
⇐ 2021 Sanguine Estate Cabernet
A nod to the full-bodied Bordeauxstyle of wine, this cabernet blend features a carefully orchestrated arrangement of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. In great vintages, petit verdot will also make its way into this blend.
⇐ 2018 Sanguine Estate D’Orsa Shiraz
This D’Orsa reserve shiraz is a tribute to Tony’s winemaking ancestor and great-grandfather, Pietro D’Orsa. A selection of impressive barrels of shiraz are reserved for the D’Orsa, which ensures a premium wine of exceptional quality and complexity. This wine has been designed to age and it will only get better if laid down to rest.
⇐ 2020 Sanguine Estate Tempranillo
A firm favourite on the Hubter family’s dinner table, this tempranillo is a medium-bodied red that is gaining popularity among Sanguine estate’s fans for its versatility with food. Initially part of a special experimental planting, this popular Spanish beauty is characteristic of the unique Heathcote earth, and is proving a delight among wine aficionados.
77 Shurans Lane,
Open 10:00am–5:00pm on weekends and most public holidays, and by appointment Monday to Friday
Weddings & Functions
Wine tastings, winery tours, Wine Masterclasses and Winter Dinner in the Barrel Room over June long weekend, annual family dinners in Melbourne in August, annual Burning of the Canes September event and annual Sanguine Estate Music Festival in October