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Samuel Smith

Our founder 1812-1889

 

Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Englishman, Samuel Smith, who only two years earlier had said goodbye to his home in Wareham, Dorset to sail for Australia. With his wife and four children, 37 year old Smith left a successful job as a brewer in his search for a new lifestyle. His knowledge of fermentation and brewing eventually led him to a career in winemaking.

 

On arrival in South Australia, the Smith family made its way to Adelaide. After a short time there, they travelled by bullock dray to Angaston – a tiny ten-house settlement in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Here, Samuel worked as a gardener on the estate of George Fife Angas, after whom the township was named. He soon had the capital – and the foresight – to purchase 30 acres of his own. Samuel named his land ‘Yalumba’, aboriginal for ‘all the land around’, and with his son Sidney, planted the first Yalumba wines by moonlight.

 

In 1852, Samuel Smith heard news of the Bendigo gold rush. In it he saw the chance, if not for riches, then at least for the modest capital he needed to set his vineyard on its feet. He set off for the Victorian goldfields, returning four months later with £300 of gold. Not a fortune, but enough to buy more land, farming equipment, a plough, two horses and harness; plus a tidy sum to build a more substantial homestead in the future.

 

When Samuel died in 1889 at the age of 76, his son Sidney took charge of the estate.

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