Walter Smith's generation provided some larger than life characters and Walter was no exception, belonging more comfortably in an Ernest Hemingway novel than a dark and musty cellar.
He was given the job of exporting and he looked to colonial markets to grow the Yalumba reputation, which he cannily combined with his passion for big game hunting.
His nickname of "Tiger Smith" led us to think he was successful in his forays through Benegal Province but he did manage also to sell considerable quantities of wine at the same time. While he was away his younger brother Percival oversaw the winemaking and supervised the cellar management.
Walter's colourful character gave him and Yalumba a deal of notoriety in international wine circles and we think of him as our first marketer.
In between selling and hunting he found time to marry a formidable lady, Ida Hill from a famous Adelaide sporting family. Her brother Clem was a cracking left hand Test bat and represented Australia before becoming captain. This is where the Hill came into the family name.