Robert Stein Winery can trace the family history back to the earliest days of Australia’s pioneers.
Brought out from Germany by the Macarthur family (of sheep-breeding fame) in 1838, Johann Stein carried with him the first cuttings of Rhine Riesling to survive in Australia. Under his supervision the Macarthur’s Camden Park vineyard flourished as one of the earliest wineries in Australia. Johann’s brother, Jacob, then went on to establish his own vineyard called “Sandal Farm” on Prospect Creek near Carramar, in Sydney’s South-West.
In 1976 the family tradition of grape growing and wine making was revived by Robert and Lorna Stein with the establishment of a vineyard in Mudgee, NSW. Starting with just 2 hectares of Shiraz the vineyard this was further expanded through the help of friends and family to its current size. Robert and Lorna’s son Andrew Stein, who helped with establishing the vineyard, then made Mudgee his home in 2005. The vineyard and winery have grown to become a successful enterprise, earning a reputation as one of Mudgee, and NSW, premier quality wine producers.
This family tradition of winemaking has since been continued by Robert and Lorna’s grandson, Jacob Stein, returning to the family business in 2009 as chief winemaker. Jacob returned to Mudgee, after having worked 7 vintages both abroad and nationally, to add a new dimension to the family winemaking business.
The family vineyard which is now over 40 years old, is seeing its “old vines” produce exceptional quality fruit for wine. Jacob attributes much of his winemaking success to the excellent vineyard site selected by his grandfather and growing conditions of the Mudgee region. Jacob explains, “Mudgee has excellent attributes for growing grapes. The region has a continental climate with warm days and cool nights, combined with excellent soil profiles are some of the attributes that help give Mudgee produce great wines with a distinct regional character”
These attributes are reflected in the wines that are now produced at the winery, many of which are award winning and/or highly rated by the wine industry professionals, and has resulted in being rated Red 5 Stars by James Halliday.
Johann Stein is brought to Australia on sailing ship ‘The Kinnear’ by the MaCarther family to work in their Camden Vineyard.
1838 – 1843
Johann Stein helps manage Camden Park Vineyard for the Mccarther Family.
Jacob Stein, Robert’s Great Grandfather purchases 100 acres at Prospect Creek and establishes his own vineyard called Sandel Farm
Sandal Farm Vineyard wiped out by Phylloxera. Vineyard is never replanted.
1928 – 1974
Robert Stein lives and works in Sydney. He worked as a builder before setting up Smithfield Plant Hire. During this time he also had a strong involvement with Rotary
Robert & Lorna Stein purchase 75 acres of land in Mudgee
The Stein family first plants vineyard with Shiraz, Chardonnay, Riesling & Gewurztraminer
1978 – 1981
With help from son, Andrew, Robert and friends extend the vineyard with plantings of Cabernet, Semillon, Merlot
First vintage produced at the Robert Stein Winery
Robert’s son, Andrew, makes Mudgee his home and joins the family business
Jacob Stein completes Oenology and Viticulture degree
2005 – 2008
Jacob follows vintages working between Northern and Southern Hemisphires
Jacob returns to Mudgee to take up chief winemaking roll at Robert Stein Winery
Awarded a black 5 Star rating by the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Jacob is awarded the International Up and Coming Riesling Winemaker at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge
Jacob receives the Gourmet Traveller Young Wine Maker of the Year award
Awarded a Red 5 Star rating by the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
The 2014 Reserve Riesling is awarded a Gold and 3 trophies, including Champion Wine of Show at the Mudgee Wine Show
The 2015 Half Dry Riesling is awarded a Gold and 3 trophies, including Champion Wine of Show at the Mudgee Wine Show
Awarded Red 5 Star rating by the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion