Our Vineyards and Region

Vineyard view in sunset at Sanguine Estate Vineyard view in sunset at Sanguine Estate

The Vineyard

Sanguine Estate vineyard and winery established in 1997 is located in Heathcote (approximately 5km along the Northern Highway from the turn-off to Echuca). The Hunter family worked weekends to establish the initial 16 acres which grew rapidly over the following years to 55 acres by 2002. Further plantings ensued to reach a total of 69 acres to 13 varieties (86% Shiraz).

Varieties planted: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Viognier, Verdejo, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Legrein, Nebbiolo and Grenache plus one variety that is unknown in Australia that we’ve called D’Orsa Blanc.  An exciting mystery that is revealed in Our Winemaking History that dates back to the 1860’s.  

Region of Heathcote at Sanguine Estate Region of Heathcote at Sanguine Estate

The Region

Located 90 minutes north of Melbourne, this historic town in the heart of Victoria is famous for its full-bodied yet smooth Shiraz wines; uniquely deep in colour and flavour.

The secret is the 510 million year old Cambrian earth, found along an ancient land fault running through Heathcote. This deep red earth brings a character to the landscape and wine unlike anywhere in the world.

Sanguine Estate can be found along this fault line.

James Halliday

“The Heathcote sub-region of Bendigo,…is generally recognized as one of Australia”s finest for shiraz” … ” These are wines with awesome depth of flavour, richness and ripeness, a vinous brocaded tapestry. Typically 13.5 per cent to 14 per cent alcohol, they are extremely long-lived.”

Max Allen

“… some observers tip Heathcote as the very best place in Australia for full-blooded red wine (an opinion I share: as I’ve written previously, if I ever gave in to the urge to make wine myself, Heathcote’s where I’d go).”

Nick's Wine Merchants

Like some wondrous child prodigy, Heathcote is a viticultural paradox: a district where young vines that would be considered ‘immature’ elsewhere, consistently produce stunning symphonies of flavour…. Perhaps no other wine region in the world has established itself so dramatically in such a short time.