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Jacob's Creek History

The history of Jacob's Creek begins with the settlement of South Australia. Colonel William Light who surveyed the city of Adelaide in 1836 made his way north west in 1837 to the Barossa Valley, which he named after a famous English naval victory at Barrosa in the south of Spain. Jacob's Creek was also named by Light, after his surveying assistant, William Jacob who subsequently settled on the banks of the Creek with his brother. The Jacob brothers' small cottages still stand, overlooking Jacob's Creek.

In 1846 a German immigrant, Johann Gramp, purchased land further up stream. A year later he planted the Barossa Valley's first commercial vineyard, on the bank's of Jacob's Creek. The vines flourished and the vineyard was gradually extended. In 1850 Johann produced his first vintage of a hock style white wine.

His small, historic winery and cellar, which still sit quietly on the banks of Jacob's Creek, grew to become Orlando Wines and in turn Orlando Wyndham, Australia's largest wine and spirits group and most successful wine brand exporter.

Jacob's Creek the wine, was first released in 1976 when a 1973 vintage of Shiraz Cabernet Malbec was named after the site of Johann's first vineyard - and records have been tumbling since.

Jacob's Creek's fresh, easy drinking style and excellent quality has been extremely popular both in Australia, and around the world. Jacob's Creek has been the most popular brand in Australia and Australia's leading export brand for more than a decade and is widely recognised as spearheading the country's export growth.

Orlando Wyndham was rewarded for its international success in 1993, by being named Australian Exporter of the Year - a title strongly contested by companies from all industries.

Then, in 1994, Jacob's Creek was honoured with one of the Australian Wine Industry's most prestige prizes - the Maurice O'Shea Award. It was the first time the award had gone to a wine rather than a person and paid tribute to the enormous contribution Jacob's Creek has made to Australian wine exports.

An ongoing commitment to quality has resulted in Jacob's Creek being a regular winner at wine shows in Australia and overseas. Over the last three years Jacob's Creek has been awarded more than 340 medals in wine shows around the world.

More than 80% of Jacob's Creek is now enjoyed in over 50 countries around the world- making it Australia's most popular wine and Australia's Top Drop.

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