This fine Cheshunt vineyard was first planted in 1989, supplying fruit to local wine companies. It wasn't until 2000 that Politini opened its cellar door to the public, and consequently their own range of Politini wines was born.
As well as producing their own range of wine, Politini still provides quality fruit to local producers today.
Owners, Salvatore and Giuseppina (Josie) Politini, were both born and bred in small towns in Sicily, in the south of
Italy. As a teen, Salvatore would work on the family’s orange orchard, before he migrated to Australia at the tender age of
21. Finding a home in the north east of Victoria, he worked on a tobacco share-farm, where he met Josie. It was here in
Cheshunt they found and purchased a farm boasting similar characters to the countryside of Sicily. Initially the land
produced tobacco on the farm’s river flats, before the young family made the change to the vineyard Politini boasts today.
Staying true to their roots, the vineyard grows selected Sicilian varietals imported from the motherland. The cellar
also showcases an array of traditional cool-climate French varietals as well as Italian, some of which also reflect the
Politini Sicilian heritage. The Politini logo is a modified version of Sicily’s ancient heraldic emblem, the Trinachria. It has the scorching Australian sun, skirted by three running legs bent at the knee, representing the three points of the island of Sicily.
“The past informs the present, and our emblem reflects both our Sicilian heritage and the opportunities offered by a new
Politini’s winemaker, Luis Simian, is a second-generation winemaker with French heritage. Luis’ father worked as a
winemaker in one of Chile’s longest established wineries, Valdiveso. Moving to South Australia_s riverlands in 1971 to
escape political unrest, Luis’ father continued as a winemaker of this renowned wine-producing region. Gaining his own
accolades in the wine industry, Luis has worked under Miranda Wines, Brown Brothers and Buller Wines before
joining the team at Politini, when he married Salvatore and Josie’s daughter, Bianca.
“Our focus is on making our heritage the basis of our activities to provide our customers with a taste of our home.”
The Politinis run salami making workshops throughout the winter, and bookings need to be placed early as spaces fill
fast. On the day be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into this hands-on class, where you will learn the
traditional way to make salami. Salvatore and Josie will take you through the process of cutting, mincing, mixing, filling
and curing your salami with the cherry on the cake being you get to take the salami home at the end of the day.
To keep you energized throughout the day Josie provides all guests with her home-cooked Italian fare, providing
morning and afternoon tea as well as lunch, accompanied with Politini wines of course. The evening is then capped
off in true Italian style, with your feet tapping along to Salvatore’s piano accordion.
The team also hosts wine and food festivals twice annually – Weekend Fit for a King in June and La Dolce Vita in November. The vineyard also has a two-bedroom B&B, with lovely French doors leading onto the decking. This is the perfect setting to take time out for a day’s tasting, or a long awaited holiday to soak in the scenery of the beautiful mountain surrounds.