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Background

The history of Jacob's Creek begins with the settlement of South Australia. Colonel William Light who surveyed the city of Adelaide in 1836 made his way north east in 1837 to the Barossa Valley, which he named after a famous English land victory at Barrossa in the south of Spain.

When William Jacob first surveyed the Barossa Region in 1839, he and his brother John took up land in the Hundred of Moorooroo. Moorooroo is derived from an aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of two waters’. The two waters involved were the North Para River and creek, which fed into it. The latter was called ‘Cowieaurita’ – which took its rise in the high land around Mount Crawford – and means “yellow-brown water”, the colour produced from the iron laden soil.

The creek was later renamed Jacob’s Creek after William Jacob and the Jacob brothers' small cottages still stand, overlooking Jacob's Creek.

In 1846 a German immigrant, Johann Gramp, purchased land further up stream. A year later he planted the Barossa Valley's first commercial vineyard, on the bank's of Jacob's Creek.

His first vintage was in 1850, and he continued to make wine in his small ironstone winery beside Jacob’s Creek until his death at the age of 84.

On the original site by the creek, which meanders through the folds of the Barossa Ranges, Johann Gramp’s cellar still stands, preserving the heritage of what is now Australia’s most successful wine enterprise. A major catalyst for this success came in 1976, with the introduction of a striking Shiraz Cabernet Malbec from the 1973 vintage. It was named after the site of Johann Gramp’s first vineyard on the banks of Jacob’s Creek.

Wines


Winemaker

Years Winemaker
1995-Present Philip Laffer
1997-Present Bernard Hickin

Other Information


Winery website

http://www.jacobscreek.com


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