Orlando Wines

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Orlando Wines
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Location Rowland Flat, South Australia, Australia
Wine region Barossa Valley
Formerly G. Gramp and Sons
Founded 1847
First vintage 1850
Parent company Pernod Ricard Pacific
Known for Jacob's Creek
Other attractions Jacob's Creek Visitor's Centre
Distribution International
Website http://www.orlandowines.com/

Orlando Wines is an Australian winery located in the small township of Rowland Flat, between Lyndoch and Tanunda, in South Australia's Barossa Valley wine-growing region. Orlando Wines was the valley's first commercial winery.[citation needed] It is currently part of Premium Wine Brands, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pernod Ricard. It is best known as the producer of Jacob's Creek, Orlando's main wine brand, which was first released in 1976.

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In 1847 Bavarian immigrant Johann Gramp planted his first grape vines on the banks of the then recently named Jacob's Creek. The vines flourished and led to the production of their first vintage in 1850, making around 12 dozen bottles of hock style white wine from one small octave oak barrel. The winery now produces some of Australia's most successful export wines,[citation needed] with some 80% of sales being made in 50+ export markets and having the leading brand in the UK, New Zealand and Asia.

Orlando Wines was named Australian Exporter of the Year in 1993 and won the Maurice O'Shea Award in 1994. A modern visitor's centre and wine tasting cellar, known as the Jacob's Creek Visitor's Centre, was opened in 2002, at which time a time capsule was buried to be opened in 2027.

Jacob's Creek[edit]

Jacob's Creek is an Australian wine brand that is exported to over 60 countries.[citation needed] It is owned and produced by Orlando Wines in the small township of Rowland Flat in the Barossa Valley. In 1847 Johann Gramp, the founder of Orlando Wines, planted some of the first grape vines in the Barossa Valley[citation needed] along the banks of Jacob's Creek. Over a century later, in 1976, a 1973 vintage Shiraz Cabernet Malbec became the first wine to be released under the Jacob's Creek label.

The brand formerly sponsored many events, including the Tour Down Under, but ended sponsorship in 2005 to return to traditional means of promotion, namely television and radio. However, naming rights have been retained for the Jacob's Creek Open Championship.

A common sparkling wine that Jacob's Creek produce is the Cool Harvest, made by harvesting the grapes at the coolest period of the night to maximise the retention of its tropical aromas and natural acidity.

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