History and know-how
The name ‘Jacob’s Creek’ is entrenched in the origins of the Orlando winery whose history can be traced back to 1847 when young Bavarian immigrant Johann Gramp planted the first commercial vineyard in the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
The name ‘Jacob’s Creek’ is embedded in the origins of the Orlando winery whose history can be traced back to 1847 when young Bavarian immigrant Johann Gramp planted the first commercial vineyard in the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
His chosen site was the banks of a small natural waterway known as Jacob’s Creek; situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley which is now one of Australia's most renowned wine regions.
Johann’s pioneering spirit was celebrated in 1976 with the launch in Australia of the first “Jacob’s Creek”wine – a Shiraz Cabernet Malbec blend made from the 1973 vintage. It rapidly became one of Australia's most popular red wines and became an international success story when Orlando began exporting the wines in 1984.
Acquired by Pernod Ricard in 1989. Jacob’s Creek soon became Australia’s most successful export brand and in 1993 won the Australian Exporters of the Year. In the following year, Jacob's Creek won the highly coveted Maurice O’Shea award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry.
Soon after a new era for Jacob’s Creek began with the launch of its Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir in 1998 and the Reserve range in 2000.
Today, the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre welcomes over 150,000 visitors from all over the world every year, overlooking the same creek where it all began with Johann Gramp planting his first vines over 185 years ago.
Jacob’s Creek's philosophy is all about producing fresh, contemporary elegant wines which are ready upon release, and can also be enjoyed over time with careful cellaring. They are renowned for their consistent quality and styles available to suite any occasion.
The grapes are sourced from several wine-growing regions in southeast Australia. This enables the winegrowers to select the ideal grapes for each style of wine, and achieve consistent high quality by overcoming the weather-related variability that can be experienced in a single region. The aim is to produce wines which express the true character of each grape variety, while maintaining perfect balance.