Saltram is situated on Angaston Road, on the Western Ridge from the town of Angaston in the Barossa Valley. Saltram draws fruit from its 45-hectare Saltram Vineyard that surrounds the Saltram Winery and Cellar Door and from other vineyards throughout the region. These vineyards are spread over the cooler hills of the Eden Valley to the warmer areas across the valley floor.
The Saltram Vineyard has many varieties planted, with the majority planted Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, alongside some smaller plantings of non-mainstream varieties such as Tempranillo and Sangiovese.
Most of Saltram vines are irrigated via drip irrigation and supported on a variety of trellising systems with more recent planting on single wire trellising and t-trellising systems. Drip irrigation was developed in the 1950's to allow viticulturists to grow grapevines in climates with low rainfall.
Today, however, vineyards with a range of climatic conditions use drip irrigation as it allows them more control over the amount of water the vines receive. This extra control allows them to stress the vine by not irrigating at certain times, and irrigating it at others to control the crop level and quality of grapes the vine produces.
Vines on the Saltram vineyard are supplementary irrigated, therefore drip irrigation is applied sparingly other than during extended dry spells and extreme weather events. This is particularly the case with some of the older vines that were planted in the 1950's and 1960's on the deeper soil types toward the bottom of hills and along the river flats. Minimal irrigation encourages the vines to develop deeper self-sustaining root systems and helps to produce smaller berries with concentrated flavours more intense wine colour and higher tannin levels. In good years, select parcels from theses vines go into the renowned Saltram No.1 Shiraz and various other special blends that make up Saltram's superb range of wines.