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Yalumba

The winery in the Barossa Valley area (state of South Australia) is also known as S. Smith & Sons. It was founded in 1849 by the immigrant English brewer Samuel Smith (1812-1889), who bought 30 acres (12 hectares) of land from the town of Angaston. He called it Yalumba, which in Aboriginal language means "all the land around". It is now run by the family in the sixth generation, since 1989 by Robert and Sam Hill Smith. The company has its own cooperage and a vineyard. Today the vineyards cover about 1,000 acres (405 hectares). Grapes are also purchased from contract winegrowers. The property includes the four wineries Heggies, Hill Smith Estate, Oxford Landing and Pewsey Vale, as well as vineyards on the Murray River and in Coonawarra, among others. The flagships are "The Menzies" from Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra) and "The Octavius" from Shiraz (Barossa). Other premium wines are "Oxford Landing Chardonnay" and "The Signature" (Cabernet-Shiraz). A speciality is the Viognier variety, which was already cultivated on eight hectares in 1979. The sparkling wine "Angus Brut" is one of the most successful Australian sparkling wines. The New Zealand winery Nautilus also belongs to Yalumba.

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