Songlines Estates

New South Wales | Hunter Valley

James' Review

This is another of the multinational, multi-talented boutique wine operations springing up like mushrooms after autumn rain. The English end is represented by Martin Krajewski (who also owns Chateau de Sours in Bordeaux) and the Australian by David Fatches and John Duval as winemakers. While the red wines are made from McLaren Vale grapes, Songlines is from 110-year-old vines, and the wines are in fact made in the Hunter Valley winery, which takes advantage of 3ha each of chardonnay and semillon to produce estate-based varietal releases. Songlines heads the three-tiered range of wines, followed by Bylines and then Leylines. Exports to the UK, Canada, France and Hong Kong.


Songlines’ are invisible pathways which criss-cross the land all over Australia and also stretch across continents and ages. These ancient tracks, made of song, described the creation of the Earth and act as a map for those who walk upon it. Wherever men have walked, they have left a songline.

Songlines was taken as the name for this exceptional wine as the concept perfectly encapsulating the importance of the land, the passionate men who work with it and the knowledge gathered over time in both the Old and New wine worlds.


Winemaker David Fatches, John Duval
Established 2002
Dozens 7000
Vineyards (area) 29 ha
Opening Hours By appt
Address PO Box 221, Cessnock, NSW 2325
Telephone (02) 4932 0054