The estate was originally established by Peter and Anne Smith and was known as Smiths Vineyard.
Initially planting the vineyards took place in the late 1980’s. The Bed & Breakfast was then built and opened in 1993, followed by Shiraz Cottage in 1997. In 2013 Peter and Anne retired to Stanthorpe and sold the property to Brad and Stacey Allan.
Brad and Stacey had been planning for several years to purchase their own winery or accommodation establishment. In 2012 they travelled Europe looking for inspiration and ideas. Along their travels they were lucky enough to learn of a friend of a family friend who runs a winery south of Paris in the small hilltop village of Sancerre, in which they thoroughly enjoyed their visit and inspiring the name Sancerre Estate.