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Samuel Smith, a brewer from Dorset, his wife Mary and their four children arrived in South Australia in December 1847. They lived in Adelaide for a short time but moved to the Barossa Valley when Samuel was employed by George Fife Angas on his property near Angaston. In 1849 Samuel purchased 30 acres of land in the area and named the property 'Yalumba', an Aboriginal word meaning 'all the land around'. Samuel built a home for his family and planted the first grape vines. He made his first wine from the fruit of these vines in 1853. Samuel exhibited his red wine and port for the first time at the Angaston Show in 1855. Around 1860 Samuel's son Sidney joined the business.

At the Adelaide Show of 1867 a Yalumba wine won the champion wine award against 188 entries. In 1877 Samuel and Sidney formalised their partnership, establishing the business S. Smith & Son. Sidney took over control of the company in 1888. The Yalumba brand name was trademarked in February 1894. Also in 1894, Sidney's son, Walter Grandy Smith, married Ida Hill and the Hill name was given to all their children.

The early 1900s saw an expansion of S. Smith & Son's premises with the addition of a new winery building and distillery in 1903 and the construction of a cellar building, with the distinctive clock tower still in existence today, from 1907 to 1909.

In October 1923 the company was incorporated, becoming S. Smith & Son Ltd. It became S. Smith & Son Pty. Ltd. in 1935. Successive generations of Hill Smiths continued to manage the business. Yalumba is Australia's oldest family owned winery, now run by the fifth generation of the Smith and Hill Smith family.

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