Yalumba wines have a style all of their own and each have been influenced by a diverse range of elements. Elements Yalumba likes to call 'the controllables', such as the Yalumba Vine Nursery and on-site cooperage – as well as other factors that cannot be emulated by any other winery. Yalumba’s history and tradition combined with a reputation for innovation.
“Yalumba has been at the forefront of introducing new wine styles to Australian drinkers over the past decade; perfumed white viognier and slinky, supple red tempranillo.
Soon, look out for crisp, dry whites made from other Mediterranean grapes, such as vermentino and fiano, and in a few years – if (winemaker Louisa) Rose gets her way – sauvignon blanc-like whites made from drought-tolerant verdejo.
Yalumba also leads the industry in environmental performance; reducing carbon emissions, increasing biodiversity and exploring organic viticulture. As well as looking to the future, it has been celebrating its 160-year-old Barossa heritage by developing an Old Vine charter, and releasing reds from ancient shiraz and grenache plants.
This inspirational formula works because Yalumba is a family-owned business. “We’re not trying to keep shareholders happy,” says Rose. “We have the freedom to play with new wine styles because we are creating out own future.”
Max Allen, The Weekend Australian magazine, 6-7 June 2009
Yalumba Announced Winestate Magazine Wine Company of the Year 2007
“Tradition, Loyalty and the spirit of Progress”
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'Our driving emotion is a responsibility to leave a legacy and a desire to make a difference'
ROBERT HILL-SMITH - Fifth generation Yalumba proprietor
'The Hill-Smith family has always had a good eye for an exceptional vineyard site'
ROBIN NETTELBECK - Viticulturist
'At Yalumba, no aspect of winegrowing or winemaking is left to chance'
ALAN HOEY - Winemaker
'A winemaker's challenge is to add an individual element to each wine. We hope to provide enjoyable, multi-dimensional wines'
BRIAN WALSH - Winemaker
'Articulating which wine style Yalumba does best is almost as difficult as asking a parent to name a favourite child'
SAM HILL-SMITH - Joint proprietor, gallery owner
'The journey of 'Rare & Fine' has been one of trial, error and learning and certainly a rewarding one'
'I am proud to be the 7th master cooper at Yalumba; it's a longstanding tradition and unique amongst today's winemakers'
ANDREW BROAD - Master Cooper
'Admiration not imitation - this is undoubtedly the catch-cry of the Yalumba winemaker'
'Our work with Viognier is testament to our willingness and confidence to look to the future'
LOUISA ROSE - Winemaker
'We are committed to minimising environmental impact for a sustainable, successful future'
CECIL CAMILLERI - Environmental Manager
'Our goal is to be the finest independent Australian Winemaker and Wine Ambassador'