History

From generation to generation.

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The Schild family have journeyed from early German pioneers to becoming one of the Barossa's oldest family owned grape growers and most successful wineries.



  • 1847June 1st

    Moorooroo Shiraz Vines planted by Willam and John Jacob

    Today these are some of the oldest producing Shiraz vines in the world.

  • 1866May 6th

    Gottfried and Louise Schild sailed from Hamburg to Port Adelaide.

    They eventually settled in Point Pass in 1868.

  • 1891July 23rd

    Adolf Gustav Paul Schild married Antonie Maria Hedwig Wilke

    They had five children together - Ida, Elsa,Ben, Hedwig and Esther

  • 1922April 19th

    Johann Hugo Berhard (Ben) Schild married Freda (Alma) Schutz.

    They had eight children with Ed Schild being the youngest of the bunch

  • 1952January 1st

    Ben & Alma move to the Barossa Valley.

    They purchase the first of the Schild Estate Vineyards.

  • 1956October 11th

    Ben Schild dies suddenly.

    This left a young 16 year old Ed to take over the family business.

  • 1962May 26th

    Ed Schild married Lorraine Dittrich

    They have four children together - Judy, Leanne, Raelene and Michael.

  • 1998May 1st

    "Let's make a little bit of wine"

    Ed gathered the family and threw a crazy idea out into the room. "We should make a little bit of wine". Using grapes grown on vines which had been cared for by the Schild family for generations the first bottle of Scihld Estate wine was produced in 1998 and with that, the Schild Estate wine label was born,

  • 2000January 9th

    The First Schild Estate Cellar Door

    The Schild Family purchased the historical Lyndoch bank building and converted it to the first Schild Estate cellar door. Nestled on the corner of the main intersection in Lyndoch the cellar door was the first bricks and mortar presence of the Schild Estate wine brand.

  • 2001March 1st

    Moorooroo Shiraz - the first drop.

    If you've got a bottle of the 2001 Moorooroo Shiraz squirreled away you're onto something pretty special. 2001 was the first time we made this now iconic wine. 'The Moo', as it's affectionately called, has gone on to excite the most discerning wine enthusiast and collector. The 2015 & 2016 vintages both scored a near-perfect 99 points from James Halliday himself.

  • 2010July 24th

    Valley of Hope Winery Opened

    Our very own winery! Perched on a hill just outside of Lyndoch the Valley of Hope winery became the new home of Schild Estate. Now this is also home to our tasting room as well as the offices where we spend our days gazing out across the Southern Barossa (whilst also working very hard without distraction)