Established in 1849, Yalumba is the oldest family-owned winery in Australia. Founded by Samuel Smith, in the heart of the Barossa, the Hill-Smith family has continued to run the business for six generations.
As a result of its continuity of family ownership, it has been able to foster long-term relationships with generational growers in the Barossa as well as maintaining estate vineyards in the Barossa and Coonawarra. Yalumba combines a long-standing track record and many of the values of Old World family-owned wineries with innovation and invention. It also proudly maintains its own vine nursery as well as the only operational, on-site winery cooperage in the Southern Hemisphere.
Robert Hill-Smith, fifth-generation, led Yalumba into the modern era and cemented Yalumba’s international reputation for quality, authenticity, excitement and integrity. Robert notably pioneered Viognier in Australia, making Yalumba one of the most distinguished Viognier producers in the world, with the flagship The Virgilius often regarded as an Australian benchmark. Yalumba has carved a reputation for the iconic Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz revered as “The Great Australian Red”. These reds, traditionally known as "Australian Clarets", have been a focus at Yalumba for more than a century. Robert often says: “The beauty of Cabernet Shiraz is that by and large you can’t compare it to anything, it is absolutely quintessentially Australian.” The Signature has been the flagship Barossa example since 1962 and is one of Australia’s most celebrated red wines. More recently, in 2017, Yalumba launched their most prestigious wine The Caley, a Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz "Super Claret", and the pinnacle of Yalumba’s winemaking journey of excellence.