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The Yalumba Family

Passionate About Wine

From the Hill-Smith family, who have owned and operated the winery for over 170 years, to our community of growers, the whole Yalumba family is dedicated to the same thing: making exceptional wine.

The Hill-Smith Family

Six generations embracing the magnificent unknown

Bold beginnings

The Yalumba story started with Samuel Smith venturing across the seas from England to a small town called Angaston in South Australia. He founded Yalumba in 1849, planting the first vine under moonlight with his son, Sidney. His bold, pioneering spirit has passed through the generations, influencing each of Yalumba’s proprietors throughout the years; Sidney Smith, Walter Smith, and Wyndham Hill-Smith, all the way through to our fifth generations proprietor today, Robert Hill-Smith..

Continuing a legacy

Robert led Yalumba into the modern era by cementing our reputation as an internationally-focused and innovative business within the Australian wine industry. He pioneered Viognier in Australia, established Australia’s First Families of Wine and launched Yalumba’s most prestigious wine — The Caley Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz, honouring his great uncle Fred Caley Smith. Robert’s family carries on the legacy set in place by Samuel Smith, continuing to experiment and showcase the best the Barossa has to offer.

Meet our winemakers

Sam Wigan - Head Winemaker

An avid lover of food, Sam has been an integral part of Yalumba’s exploration into new and emerging food friendly varieties such as Vermentino, Tempranillo, Verdejo and Garganega.
Having grown up in the Barossa, it was inevitable that Sam would become part of the wine industry as soon as school was out. With two vintages under his belt, Sam started at Yalumba in 2001, and has been a passionate contributor to the team ever since.
Out of work you’ll find Sam in the kitchen, pairing pork belly with his own Yalumba Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro.

Louisa Rose

During her 20-year career at Yalumba, Louisa Rose has become one of the world’s most respected winemakers. Lou is passionate about creating great Australian wine. She has forged an identity for Australian Viognier, winning multiple awards in the process, and challenges perceptions of Barossa Shiraz, all while leading her viticultural and vinicultural teams to ever greater heights.
Lou wears many hats at Yalumba; award winner, wine judge, board member, natural leader. She is an inspiring figure in Australia’s wine industry and a proud ambassador for Yalumba’s own brand of progressive winemaking. She is the custodian of both Yalumba traditions and innovation at the winery. It’s a big task but one she has been preparing for since her first vintage at Yalumba in 1992. Her gifts as a taster and winemaker have been on display ever since. In 2023, Louisa retired as Head of Winemaking. Her strong leadership and passion for sustainable winemaking has led her the new role of Head of Sustainability and Brand Ambassador for the winery.

Kevin Glastonbury

Kevin Glastonbury or KG’ to us, knows the Barossa like the back of his hand. With a winemaking career that started as soon as he finished school, KG had several years of hard work, experimentation and innovation behind him by the time he joined Yalumba in 1999. A hands-on, get dirty approach has been his key to success as a winemaker.
His knowledge of the Barossa helps him understand the environment and innovate as Senior Red Winemaker for Yalumba. KG also looks after the sourcing and purchasing of oak for the crafting of barrels — a proud tradition at our on-site cooperage.
KG’s blend of passion and expertise has been recognised with numerous accolades, such as becoming a Len Evan tutorial scholar, respected wine judge, and Winestate Winemaker of the Year’.

Heather Fraser

After graduating with a degree in marine biology and chemistry, Heather moved to the Barossa where she naturally grew curious about winemaking. Heather started working in our laboratory in 1999, and has moved from strength to strength ever since. Heather studied at Charles Sturt University in 2000 and quickly moved into the Yalumba Trainee Winemaker programme later that year. It wasn’t long before she was working in our cellar in 2001, moving quickly into production.
Heather has a passion for nature and sustainability and it seemed inevitable that she would be drawn to the practice of organic winemaking. In 2011, Heather was delighted to take on the winemaking responsibility of the Yalumba Organics collection, developing them to what they are today.

Alexey Doumbouya

Alexey Doumbouya completed a Bachelor of Life Science and Biotechnology degree at Open University while working for a small winery in Israel, Amphorae, finding a love for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Malbec. He worked vintages abroad in Argentina and Serbia before moving to South Australia in 2017 to study a Masters degree in Viticulture and Winemaking. After some time moving through Barossa, McLaren Vale, and the Riverland, Alexey joined the Hill-Smith family at Yalumba for the 2022 vintage. Alexey lends his hand to our Samuel’s Collection wines, and The Virgilius Viognier from our Rare & Fine portfolio. Not only does his technical precision shine in crafting his wines, but also in his studies. Alexey achieve DUX of the class in the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment Course in 2024. When he’s not at the winery, you’ll find Alexey in the kitchen preparing traditional family dishes or enjoying wines from all over the world.

Australia's First Families of Wine

Australia’s First Families of Wine came together as an extended family in 2009, established by Robert Hill-Smith. The Families share the challenges of running an independent family business in the wine industry, while sharing a commitment to collaboration, the environment, and education for the next generation. As custodians of some of the most iconic vineyards Australia has to offer, this self-funded group promotes the quality and birthplace of premium Australian wine.

One united family

From our Wine Room ambassadors, to our coopers, to our community of growers, the entire Yalumba family is committed to crafting premium wine and creating memorable experiences. If you’re interested in joining our family, please send us a message and our team will get back to you if we have opportunities available.

Meet our team

Meet our ambassadors at our Wine Room or at events and discover the Yalumba experience for yourself.