The History of Rumbalara

The property now known as Rumbalara was first surveyed before 1908. Part of the land occupied by early owners was a mining lease containing a silver bearing quartz intrusion discovered during the construction of the railway linking Brisbane and Sydney. The land was originally used as an orchard and has been continually in use for fruit and grape growing since the original survey. The first grapes on the property were planted in 1928.

The locality was named Fletcher after Thomas Fletcher the first commercial grape grower in the Granite Belt district. A railway siding was established adjacent to the property in 1913 and is still used occasionally.

Bob and Una Gray purchased the property in 1974 and planted and grafted (onto existing rootstocks) classic wine grape varieties. The winery then established is the second oldest continuing winemaking venture on the Granite Belt.

Rumbalara made the first fortified wine in the Granite Belt and Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Liqueur Muscat were the most successful wines in shows. At “View Australia 85 “ listed as “ Australia’s International Event for the Alcoholic Industry “ a panel of judges from around the world including Robert Mondavi and Jancis Robinson awarded Rumbalara two medals. We believe that these were the first international medals received by the Granite Belt Wine Industry.

Rumbalara was bought from the Gray’s by Mike and Bobbi Cragg in December 2002. Stephen Oliver is Rumbalara’s winemaker and concentrates on making wines that are fruit driven, aromatic and easy to drink. This wine style has proven to be very popular with our customers and all our wine range is selling very well.

All wines are produced on site with some of the grapes being purchased from our neighbours on the Granite Belt. The Cellardoor has been enlarged and redecorated to accommodate more people at the counter. We have also installed a fireplace to warm the cellar door in winter.

The new corporate identity provides a cross – cultural, intriguing image, allowing Rumbalara to expand its market share to a new broad spectrum of ages and nationalities. The identity has been created to express Rumbalara’s innovative approach to attracting new and old customers, understanding the needs and wants of the present and future market, and the dynamics of an ever-changing environment.

The eclectic mix of Australian Aboriginal line work and dotting mimickings integrated with African totem shapes, provide an exotic yet familiar new image. This mix being relevant as it reflects the origins of Rumbalara’s new owners – African – born Australians. Rumbalara’s new identity supports its new approach – innovation and accessibility built on solid historical foundations – ready for the future.