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Jacob's Creek wines celebrate milestone of 7,000 awards

The winemakers at Jacob’s Creek™ are today toasting the milestone achievement of earning 7,000 wine show awards (1) across the brand’s portfolio since its running tally began over twenty years ago.

The recent Critics Challenge International Wine Competition platinum medal for the Jacob’s Creek Barossa Reserve Riesling 2012 has pushed the iconic brand in to the landmark moment, highlighting the outstanding quality that Jacob’s Creek wines have maintained since the brand’s launch in 1976.

Brett McKinnon, Managing Director of Orlando Wines said, “We are very proud of this achievement which reflects the dedication we put into everything we do at Jacob’s Creek. Our True Character crusade is inherent in our people, and 7,000 award wins is testament to the fact that we have always stayed true to our heritage and passion for making great tasting wine.

Chief Winemaker, Bernard Hickin, who has been a winemaker at Orlando since 1976 said, “Winning 7,000 show awards is a strong affirmation of the quality of Jacob’s Creek wines. This milestone greatly rewards the effort and care we take with our wines at every level.

Critics Platinum medals are reserved for wines nominated for Best of Show. All judges at the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition participated in the tasting evaluation and voted.

The most highly awarded wine in the Jacob’s Creek portfolio over the past five years was the 2001 Johann Shiraz Cabernet which has earned a total of 21 trophies/golds (2). This was the inaugural vintage of the brand’s pinnacle wine which is named after the founder of the winery Johann Gramp. Over the same period, the number of trophies/golds won by range was:

- Fine wines (Johann, Steingarten, Reeves Point, Centenary Hill) – 117

- Reserve range – 91

- Classic range - 66

- Sparkling wines – 27"

Other major accolades for the Jacob’s Creek brand include:

1994 - Jacob's Creek won the Maurice O'Shea Award for outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry. The first time a brand had received this award rather than individual.

2008 - Named the 2008 World’s Most Awarded Winery by WAWWJ.com based on results in international wine shows during 2007/2008 (3).

2010 - Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre entered into South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame.

2011 - Jacob’s Creek named third in the World’s Most Admired Wine brands by Drinks International magazine.

2012 – Jacob’s Creek ranked seventh in the World’s Most Powerful Wine brands (4) and has been ranked in the Top 10 Wine brands every year since 2006.

With such a sustained history of success and innovation, the Jacob’s Creek team can confidently raise a glass to many more award wins in the future.


1 - 7000 awards is based on all medals received in domestic and international wine shows and wine competitions including Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze medals, and other special medals such as Blue Gold, Double Gold, Grand Gold, Platinum.

2 - Our most highly awarded wine over the past 5 years is based on the number of Trophy and Gold Medals won from 2007 to 2012, not including Silver and Bronze medals.

3 - World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ.com) 2008, number 1 ranking in the World's Top 100 Wineries awarded to Pernod Ricard Pacific.

4 - 2012 Power 100 report – the World’s Most Powerful Spirits and Wine Brands”, Intangible Business Consultancy.

Notes to Editors:

About Jacob’s Creek
Jacob’s Creek is one of Australia’s leading wine brands, offering quality contemporary Australian wine styles with great varietal expression. The brand was first launched in 1976 and is named after a creek that runs through the renowned Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia. Jacob’s Creek is made by Orlando Wines which was founded by Johann Gramp after he planted his first vines on the banks of Jacob’s Creek in 1847, and thus began a tradition of winemaking over 165 years ago.

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