Samuel Smith Our Founder
In 1847 Samuel was asked to work on a Sunday. God fearing folk did not abide those
requests even if his hobby and job was Master Brewer at the local brewery in Wareham,
Dorset. So he told his wife Mary and 4 children they were to journey on the clipper
"China" bound for the Port of Adelaide, South Australia. His horticultural instincts
took him to the Barossa where he found work with a wealthy Scot, George Fife Angas,
as a gardener. The 28,000 acres that Angas owned gave Samuel the idea that possibly
the boss could spare him some! So he purchased a mere 30 acres and set about planting
vines by moonlight after finishing his daily tasks for Angas. The fruit orchards
of the area were plentiful and Samuel and his eldest son Sidney believed that
grapes would flourish and his fermentation knowledge would help him craft luscious
wines for the colonists. But to leave Angas he needed a bank, so the Gold Rush
of 1851 at Bendigo in Victoria seemed a reasonable chance to make his fortune
and start full time on wines and vines. He promises Mary that he would return
after 4 months. His last shaft, Number 17, produced a strike yielding around £300
of gold, which he sold. On returning Angas released him from tenure and the Smiths
turned to fruit growing, winemaking and viticulture. He called his property "Yalumba"
an aboriginal word meaning "all the land around".
Robert Hill Smith 1951-
The attraction of wine snaffled Robert in 1971 after his first vintage in the
cellar. Unable to secure a direct entry in Oenology he settled for a Business
Degree majoring in Marketing. The industry was in the blood and after study tours
to London, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Jerez and Tuscany he returned as export manager.
Little business was done but when the tide turned he had a great network and quality
wines to sell. Since acquiring the winery in 1989 with brother Sam, he has focussed
on developing a business of excellence and fun. The integrity of the Yalumba name
is an imperative and the wine quality is being underwritten by prudent investments
in viticultural sites and closer liaison with our loyal growers. It's a people
company and as he is fond of saying "our avowed aim is to be Australia's premium
independent winery". He follows his fathers love of football, cricket and thoroughbreds.
The Yalumba Wine Company / Eden Valley Road / PO Box 10 / South Australia /
Australia 5353/ +61 (0)8 85613 200