Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family owned winery. Five generations and 166 years stand between the nascent beginnings of a small winery and the current stature of Yalumba. In 1853, the winery’s patriarch, Samuel Smith, released Yalumba’s first wine, grown on 80 acres of land purchased the year before. By 1858, Smith’s wines were the talk of wine shows, a trend that has shown no signs of slowing down since then. The wines have grown to epitomize the hard work of the generation which produced them, with new breeds of Hill-Smiths eager to outdo their predecessors. Robert Hill-Smith opted for a new role with the winery, making Nick Waterman the Yalumba Managing Director, the first for a non-Smith. A new era may have begun, but exceptional quality by Yalumba remains a constant.