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LocationAngaston, South Australia, Australia
Coordinates34°30′48″S 139°03′19″E / 34.513223°S 139.055414°E / -34.513223; 139.055414Coordinates: 34°30′48″S 139°03′19″E / 34.513223°S 139.055414°E / -34.513223; 139.055414
Wine regionBarossa Valley
Key peopleSamuel Smith
Known forThe Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz and The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz
VarietalsShiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Yalumba is a winery located near the town of Angaston, South Australia in the Barossa Valley wine region. It was founded by a British brewer, Samuel Smith, who emigrated to Australia with his family from Wareham, Dorset in August 1847 aboard the ship China. Upon arriving in Australia in December, Smith built a small house on the banks of the River Torrens. He lived there less than a year before moving north to Angaston where he purchased a 30-acre (120,000 m2) block of land on the settlement's south eastern boundary. He named his property "Yalumba" after an indigenous Australian word for "all the land around". In 1849 Samuel Smith, along with his son Sidney, planted Yalumba's first vineyards, beginning the Yalumba dynasty. Today Yalumba is Australia's oldest family-owned winery.


Yalumba Winery in Angaston

Yalumba is part of Australian wine alliance Australia's First Families of Wine a multimillion-dollar venture to help resurrect the fortunes of the $6 billion industry highlighting the quality and diversity of Australian wine.[2][3] The 12 member alliance includes Brown Brothers, Campbells, Taylors, DeBortoli, McWilliam’s, Tahbilk, Tyrell’s, Yalumba, D'Arenberg, Howard Park, Jim Barry and Henschke. The main criteria are that the family-owned companies need to have a “landmark wine” in their portfolios as listed under Langton’s Classification and/or 75% agreement by group that a wine is considered “iconic”, must have the ability to do at least a 20-year vertical tasting, have a history going back a minimum of two generations, ownership of vineyards more than 50 years old and/or ownership of distinguished sites which exemplify the best of terroir, and be paid-up members of the Winemakers Federation of Australia.[2][4][5][6]

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  1. ^ WinePros: Yalumba, winepros.com.au, accessed 30 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b Simon Evans, The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday 18 August 2009, Page 61
  3. ^ Chris Snow, Decanter Magazine, 17 August 2009, Top Australian wineries team up to push super-premium wines
  4. ^ "The Heart & Soul of Australian wine". Winetitles, Australias wine industry portal. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  5. ^ "First Families forge pact to promote wine". Jamie Freed, Business Day. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Australia's first families team up". Ken Gargett, Meininger's wine business international. Retrieved 21 August 2009.

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