The Journey Begins
After four months at sea, Bavarian-born Johann Gramp arrives at Reeves Point, Kangaroo Island on a ship named The Solway.
A Potential Discovered
A German mineralogist named Menge (who later befriends Johann Gramp) visits the Barossa Valley and recognises the land’s potential for farming and fruit growing. Word spreads and settlers move in.
A New Name in Town
In Rowland Flat, William Jacob settles on the banks of a small creek - a creek that would later be named after him and ultimately become world famous. His original cottage remains as a wonderful spot on the grounds of the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre.
Vines are Planted
Ten years is a long time to miss the taste of wine from home. Not wanting to wait another decade, Johann and his wife purchase 30 hectares along the banks of Jacob’s Creek and plant the Barossa’s first commercial vineyard. This follows soon after with a small winery and underground cellar with the first wine made around 1850.
A Short Move
Johann’s son Gustav moves the winery to its present day site at Rowland Flat, a mere 2 kilometres from the original vineyard, building larger cellars.
A Gramp family legacy
The Gramp family wine business is incorporated as G Gramp & Sons by Gustav. It continues to grow under his sons - Louis (Hugo) and then Fred Gramp.
100 Years of Winemaking
And if the stories are true, a party just as legendary. This includes the planting of a commemorative Mulberry tree at the place now known as Centenary Hill.
A Technology Revolution
The Gramp & Sons winemakers revolutionise the style of Australian white table wines by introducing new techniques and technologies under Colin Gramp – Johann Gramp’s great grandson.
A Rocky Riesling
Never fearing a challenge, Colin Gramp eyes a new plot for their Riesling vines. High up on the Barossa Ranges, a rocky and exposed site gives birth to the legendary Steingarten wine. Conditions are demanding, but the rewards are great.
The Jacob’s Creek Brand is Born
With a 1973 vintage blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, and Malbec from Padthaway, the first wine labelled “Jacob’s Creek” is officially released.
Enter the World Stage
Jacob’s Creek wines are exported for the first time, to the United Kingdom, leading the progress of Australian wine around the world.
Recognition from its Peers
Jacob’s Creek is awarded the coveted Maurice O’Shea Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Wine Industry. The first time a brand has received the award rather than an individual.
The Gramp & Sons winery business celebrates 150 years, re-planting new Riesling vines on the bank of Jacob’s Creek at the site of Johann Gramp’s original vineyard
A Sparkling Year
Jacob’s Creek produces the first of many award-winning sparkling wines, our Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir.
The Reserve Range
A new range of “Reserve” wines is released made from premium parcels set aside by our winemakers, offering something a little bit special. Today these Reserve wines showcase the character of some of Australia’s best wine regions.
Winemaker of the year
Awarded to Philip Laffer (Jacob's Creek Chief Winemaker 1993-2006) by Qantas/Gourmet Wine Traveller.
New Doors Open
On the banks of Jacob's Creek and in the heart of Barossa Valley, the doors open on our stunning Visitor Centre - a building that sets a new benchmark in environmental design and architecture.
The World’s Most Awarded Winery
The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists rank our winery number one in the 2008 World's 100 Best Wineries based on outstanding performance in international wine shows and competitions.
Changing of the Guard
Bernard Hickin becomes our Chief Winemaker, taking over from Philip Laffer. With us since 1976, Hickin embodies our winemaking philosophy – taking over as custodian of the fruit, to produce wines that reflect the true nature of the people, place and passion of Jacob’s Creek.
Cool Harvest Launches
Jacob’s Creek celebrates 35 years with the launch of a new light and fresh range of wines called Cool Harvest.
Recognition of Excellence
Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre wins the 2011 Qantas Australia Tourism Awards for Best Tourism Restaurant and Best Tourism Winery.
A New Icon
As our journey continues, we give tribute to our heritage with an iconic new brand logo that captures our history and identity: two vine leaves reveal a wine glass and the creek that started it all.