Simon Hackett was born and raised in the Barossa Valley where his family have been connected with the wine trade for many generations. His great uncle attended Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1860 and later his father graduated from the inaugural Oenology course from the same college in 1938. Today Simon’s winery is situated at the entrance to the McLaren Vale in Budgen Road and it is here that he hand crafts his wines in small open top fermenters, gently nurturing them in a combination of French and American oak barriques. Simon has never been afraid to tackle less common varietals and much of his fruit is sourced from dry grown vineyards with ancient gnarled old vines. His refreshingly citrus Semillon is a real eye opener whilst his Old Vine Grenache is one of the most delicious we’ve ever tasted, although obviously we are biased! Yields are often very small and his entire annual production rarely exceeds ten thousand cases.