A debonair wine enthusiast Sid was blessed with vision and energy and he devoted himself to guiding the winery through the depression years.
His abilities saw him called to represent the wine industry at government level where he had been a greatly loved and admired leader.
In 1938, Sidney Hill-Smith, accompanied other wine industry leaders, Tom Hardy, Hugo Gramp and politician and pastoralist, Charles Hawker were flying from Adelaide to Melbourne to connect with a flight to Canberra. Disaster struck and the DC-2 airliner "Kyeema" crashed taking the lives of those on board.
The wine industry went into mourning but at Yalumba, changes were in train to ensure Sid's vision was not put aside.