About Simon Hackett

Simon today occupies a prominent position as a maker of premium quality wines.

Following Great Grandfather, Grandfather and Father - Simon is the fourth generation of the Hackett family to be involved in the agriculture 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 of the giant Barossa Valley Distillery Plant Tarac.

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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. After 8 years Simon was appointed Senior Winemaker.

In 1984 Simon decided to concentrate fully on establishing his own boutique McLaren Vale label. It was then that he decided to purchase the beautiful location at 41 Budgens Road where he still operates from today.


He continues to produce a range of rich, bold and innovative wines using grapes from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and the Adelaide Hills.

To purchase wine, you can contact Simon at his e-mail address:


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 Saltram Winery, apprenticed to the legendary Peter Lehmann.