Established in 1849, Yalumba is Australia's oldest family owned wine company and remains fiercely independent and progressive through exclusive ownership by Robert & Sam Hill-Smith and their family. With fifth -generation Robert Hill-Smith as Chairman, teamwork is vital and decisions are the result of patience, consensus and innovation. There is a commitment to micro-manage individual vineyard estates, a charter to preserve the very old vines of the Barossa, and the knowledge to behave as a leader in the industry. Yalumba is one of the most influential producers of Viognier in the world and also remains committed to the truly Australian wine style of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend. With its unique on-site cooperage, Yalumba has the advantage of full control over the quality of oak used to age its collections of premium fine wine. With success intrinsically linked to the land, Yalumba is acutely aware of how its presence impacts the environment. A philosophy of farming sustainably they have commenced setting aside a ratio of 1:1 putting native vegetation aside for every hectare planted to vineyard. Minimal intervention winemaking has focussed on crafting wines of character and personality expressed through the vineyards premium grapes are sourced from.