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Chateau Barrosa

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Hermann Thumm Drive , Lyndoch , South Australia , 5351

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Telephone: +61 8 8524 4923

Our Heritage
The Thumm family was involved in viticulture and winemaking for over three hundred years, originally in the Neckar Valley, a tributary to the Rhine in one of the most delightful wine producing regions of Germany.
Hermann Thumm (1912-2009) brought his colourful family traditions with him when he emigrated to Australia in 1946. Almost immediately he found the ideal site to begin his new winery, the ruins of a historic flour mill dating from 1867 situated at the junction of two streams and surrounded by majestic gum trees. This was the perfect base for Hermann Thumm to forge his life’s dream; a winery/chateau complex reminiscent of the old country.
He named the winery “Yaldara” an aboriginal word meaning “sparkling. This was a very fitting name as Chateau Yaldara has become renowned for its champagnes and sparkling wines.
In 1947 wine production in Australia was still concentrated on ports, sherries and muscats. Chateau Yaldara’s first vintages, however, were red and white wines in the European style. These wines quickly developed a large following; Chateau Yaldara expanded rapidly into sparkling wines and champagnes and introduced Spaetlese (late picked) wines to Australia.
For most, retirement is a time to tend the garden and potter around the house.
Not so for Hermann and Inge Thumm. Chateau Yaldara was sold in 1999, and at the tender age of 88, Hermann started all over again!
Chateau Barrosa was created to share with the public their lifelong passion for wine, art and antiques.
Antique Collection
Hermann Thumm, fleeing war torn Europe, arrived in Australia and founded Chateau Yaldara in 1947. He bought the dilapidated ruins of an old flax mill and turned it into one of the Barossa Valley’s iconic wineries.
Ten years later, with the winery firmly established and the construction of the Chateau well underway, Hermann and his wife Inge turned their attention to their second love, art. It was their intention to establish a collection of antiques to be housed in the winery and open to public viewing.
They began the process of researching and collecting antiques, at first primarily from local auctions in Adelaide. As the years passed and the collection grew, Hermann and Inge began frequenting auction houses in Melbourne and Sydney, and regularly travelling to England, France and Germany in search of new pieces for the ever-growing collection.
The core of the collection was put together over 35 years. It is considered one of Australia’s best collections of 19th century porcelain, and includes pieces from the great porcelain houses of Meissen, Sevre, Worchester, Chelsea and Stinton.
In 1999, with the sale of Chateau Yaldara, Hermann (at the age of 88) and Inge embarked on a new project, Chateau Barrosa. The Chateau was built to house the collection and now stands as their legacy to the valley, and as a monument to Hermann and Inge, two pioneers with a heartfelt connection to the Barossa Valley.