Simon Hackett today occupies a prominent position as a maker of premium quality wines.
Following Great Grandfather, Grandfather, Father, Simon is the fourth generation of the Hackett family to be involved in agricultural pursuits in South Australia; in 1860 Simon’s great uncle attended the esteemed Roseworthy Agricultural College and Simon’s father was a graduate in the inaugural Oenology (winemaking) course at the College in 1938.
Simon grew up in an atmosphere steeped in wine and agriculture, spending his boyhood in the Barossa Valley alongside his father, who was General Manager-Director of the giant Barossa Valley Distillery Plant, Tarac, and the family home was situated next to the sprawling Saltram Winery outside Angaston, so it was not surprising that Simon, in 1968, elected to follow a career in winemaking and joined the Saltram Winery, apprenticed to the legendary Peter Lehmann. In 1973 Simon headed to the wine growing region of McLaren Vale where further experience was gained in the winemaking team headed by Grant Burge at the old Southern Vales Co-Op Winery situated in the main street of McLaren Vale. After 8 years Simon was appointed Senior Winemaker.
Simon decided in 1984 to concentrate fully on establishing his own boutique label and then set up his winery and cellar door overlooking beautiful McLaren Vale where he continues to produce a range of rich, bold and innovative wines using grapes grown in McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills.
With current releases of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Old Vine Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and limited release Anthony’s Reserve Shiraz and Foggo Road Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon are available for tasting, where visitors can relax in comfortable surroundings and enjoy the panoramic view.
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