In 1847, a young Bavarian immigrant called Johann Gramp missed the wine he used to drink in his home land. Instead of changing his habits, he decided to start growing grapes and attempt to make the wine himself. It was a way of adapting to a new country, but still staying true to his character. What he didn’t know was that when he planted the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard along the banks of Jacob’s Creek, he was also planting the seeds of one of the most popular wine brands in the world that would be named after the waterway. Today, Jacob's Creek remains one of the most well known, trusted and enjoyed Australian wines around the world. It delivers fresh, elegant and great tasting wines that show true varietal character. Bernard Hickin, Chief Winemaker, joined Jacob’s Creek in 1976 and since then the winery expanded and refined its approach to winemaking. His passion and enthusiasm have impacted greatly on our team. Philip Laffer is Group Chief Winemaker and was named winemaker of the year in 2002. Philip is a visionary that never gives up on his true character of putting quality above all.