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Blog: Salena Estate embraces Italian heritage

By Gail Thomas, Good Fruit & Vegetables.

With a current production of 15,000 tonnes and a plan of expanding to 30,000 over the next four years, family-owned Salena Estate sells 80 per cent of its wine on the export market into Asia and Europe.

Owner Bob Franchitto said the family was from an Italian background but born in Australia.

“My father was a prisoner of war who immigrated back to Australia in 1949. My wife Sylvia and I started the winery in 1998 but have been involved in vineyards for well over 35 years,” he said.

“The winery is named after our daughter Salena and we also have a brand Tyrone Estate named after our son.”

The winery is located in Loxton, South Australia which has a warm dry climate.

The reason the family established the winery was that they believed strongly in the area and knew it could produce better wines than those that were currently being produced.

The family owns 210 hectares of vineyards made up of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and various other varieties grown on a range of soils from clay and limestone to deep sandy ridges.

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