The History of Slaley

The origin of the name Slaley cannot be understood without reference to the Hunting Family.

Charles Hunting was a ship and landowner and started the first Hunting Company in 1874. After his death, his second son, Charles Samuel took over and expanded the shipping activities and built Slaley Hall near the village of Slaley outside Newcastle.

Turning the company over to his two sons, it was the younger, Gerald Lindsay, my grandfather, who lived most of his life at Slaley Hall. During WW1 Gerald Lindsay was badly wounded at Ypres and was discharged out of the army but joined the Royal Flying Corps where he served till after the end of the war.

This was the start of a long family association with aircraft operating and manufacture. Their various stakes in shipping, aerospace and land estates bear testimony to the individual tastes and passions of family members. Land, sea and air are perennial themes; reflected in our labels.

After WWII Gerald Lindsay had to sell Slaley Hall but subsequently named all of his new homes Slaley. When Martin Hunting settled in the Cape, he bought Slaley, (formerly known as Simonsig) in 1957, Ernita in 1961, Klein Natte Vallei in 1970, Bonne Esperance in 1976, Summerhill in 1987, Aandgloed in 91, and La Paris in 96.

The Cellar was built in 1995 from which date we terminated our long-standing association with Nederburg and started producing our own wines. At present we produce some 10 000 cases of wine. This will be increased to around 30 000 cases in the future should time and budget allow.

Our main focus is on the production of quality red wines with a limited amount of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.