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OUR HISTORY

From the humble cottage of William Jacob set along the banks of a small creek to the legacy of the Gramp family, we have over 150 years of winemaking tradition flowing through our vineyards. It’s a heritage we are passionate about, and just as equally, what drives us to create new wines to be enjoyed for more years to come.

1840

A NEW NAME IN TOWN

William Jacob settled on the banks of a small creek In Rowland Flat, South Australia. This creek would later be named after him and become famous all over the world. His original cottage remains as a wonderful spot on the grounds of our Jacob’s Creek home.

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1847

THE BAROSSA’S FIRST COMMERCIAL VINEYARD

Bavarian-born settler Johann Gramp planted the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard on the banks of Jacob’s Creek. This was followed soon after with a small winery and underground cellar with the first wine made around 1850.

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1912

A GRAMP FAMILY LEGACY

The Gramp family wine business flourished and is incorporated as G Gramp & Sons.

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1947

100 YEARS OF WINEMAKING

What began as a 30-hectare vineyard had become one of Australia’s most famous wineries. To mark the event, a legendary celebration took place and a commemorative mulberry tree was planted at the place now known as Centenary Hill.

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1976

THE JACOB’S CREEK BRAND IS BORN

The first wine labelled “Jacob’s Creek” was released – a 1973 vintage blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, and Malbec from Padthaway.

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1994

RECOGNITION FROM ITS PEERS

Jacob’s Creek is awarded the coveted Maurice O’Shea Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Wine Industry. This is the first time a brand has received the award rather than an individual.

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1997

150TH ANNIVERSARY

The Gramp & Sons winery business celebrated 150 years by replanting new Riesling vines on the bank of Jacob’s Creek at the site of Johann Gramp’s original vineyard.

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1998

A SPARKLING YEAR

Jacob’s Creek produced the first of many award-winning sparkling wines, our Sparking Chardonnay Pinot Noir.

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2000

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.

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2002

NEW DOORS OPEN

On the banks of Jacob’s Creek and in the heart of Barossa Valley, we opened the doors to our new home – a building that sets a new benchmark in environmental design and architecture.

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2008

THE WORLD’S MOST AWARDED WINERY

The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists ranked our winery number one in the 2008 World’s 100 Best Wineries based on outstanding performance in international wine shows and competitions.

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2011

REFRESHINGLY NEW

A new light and fresh range of wines called Cool Harvest is launched, marking the beginning of new innovations in winemaking.

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2014

TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

Wine sourced from premium quality grapes are matured first in traditional wine barrels, then aged in scorched whisky barrels. The Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel was born.

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2016

INNOVATION IN WINE CONTINUES

Le Petit Rosé and Barossa Signature are released – one offering an elegant French-style rosé and the other, a series of wine designed to perfectly bring out the flavours of food.

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