Campbells Milestones 1952 to 1999

Campbells Milestones
1857 to 1948
1952 to 1999
2000 to present day

The adjoining Silverburn property is purchased - eventually being replanted to vines and producing a string of highly successful white wines, including the dry white blend which takes the Silverburn vineyard’s name.

200 acres of land is purchased from Graham Bros - part of what was once Rutherglen's largest wine estate. The availability of irrigation will make this vineyard a centrepiece of Campbell’s future expansion.

Allen Campbell becomes ill. Malcolm Campbell returns home after his final year at Scotch College to assist in the running of the vineyard and the farming property.

140 acres is purchased from Birts, close to the Graham Bros block. An area is still planted to vines - a patch of venerable Pedro Ximenez bush vines which today are well over 80 years old.

The first Rutherglen Wine Festival was held.

Colin Campbell returns to Rutherglen - having completed a Diploma of Agriculture at Dookie and a Diploma of Oenology at Roseworthy, South Australia.
Campbells begin to sell their first labelled wine in bottles, including the first Pedro Ximenez under the Chablis label.

Campbells pioneer cooling methods in the Rutherglen region - beginning a new age for white wines in the district. This innovation will prove the region capable of producing white wines of flavour and finesse previously unimaginable. Campbells quickly establish a reputation as the leading white wine producer of Rutherglen.

A massive replanting programme begins - converting the vineyards to a 4 foot "T" trellis for better air circulation, disease control and ease of picking. 15 acres of new vineyard is added.

Bobbie Burns Shiraz is launched

Trebbiano is voted Best District Dry White.

The Trebbiano again wins Best District Dry White at the Rutherglen Show, and backs up with a silver medal at the Adelaide Wine Show.
Cellar Door Sales enters a new era with the construction of a new sales and tasting room integrated with the winery to encourage visitors to walk throughout the winery and see how wine is made.

A new Fermenting House is added.

Allen Campbell dies - his expansion programme not yet complete. However the programme continues unabated - with a warehouse built at the winery and a spray irrigation system installed in the vineyards.

Campbells show success continues in Melbourne, with 3 Silver and 8 Bronze Medals, and a Gold for Vintage port.

A red wine breakthrough - the 1976 Cabernet Malbec wins a Trophy and 2 Gold Medals at the Adelaide Wine Show.

The 1974 Chablis is voted Best Commercial Dry White of the year by Wine and Spirit Buying Guide Magazine.

The Chablis continues on its winning way, with more Gold Medals. The fortifieds are also making waves - the 1978 Vintage Port taking the trophy at Rutherglen, with their Tokay and Collectors Muscat voted in the Top 10 Fortified Wines by the Wine and Spirit Buying Guide.

Rhine Riesling is once again vintaged as an individual bottling.

The Rhine Riesling wins the HG Brown Trophy at the Rutherglen Wine Show, for Best District Dry White. It also then takes the trophy at the Royal Melbourne Show for the Best Victorian White wine. Overall Campbells win 5 gold medals for white wines giving them the most white wine Gold medals of any competitor at the Royal Melbourne Show.

A mechanical harvester is purchased and picks its first crop.
The first vintage of Dry Graves - later to become Silverburn.
Prue and Colin Campbell travel to California on a study tour and to establish an agent there.
Campbells are the most successful exhibitor of Victorian white wines at the Royal Melbourne Show - including the ACI Trophy for best Rhine Riesling. A golden patch for Campbells, with 2 Trophies, 16 Gold, 21 Silver and 27 Bronze Medals at Rutherglen and Melbourne over only two years — the 1980 Rhine Riesling winning Best Victorian Dry White two years running.
In June Sunday trading commences at Cellar Door.

The first export order - for shipment to San Francisco.
The Rhine Riesling wins the Trophy in Melbourne again - the Best Victorian Dry White for 3 years running.

Merchant Prince Muscat is launched - winning Gold in the Open Muscat classes at Rutherglen; Top Muscat and Best Victorian Wine in Winestate Magazine.
Malcolm Campbell embarks on a six week study tour of European vineyards.

The year of the Muscat. An exceptional vintage for Muscat, with baume readings up to 29 degrees. Campbells clinch the Best Current Vintage Muscat Trophy at Rutherglen; the Best Victorian Fortified Wine for Old Rutherglen Muscat in the Inaugural Herald Victorian Wine Awards; and ship Muscat in stoneware pots to Japan.

Colin Campbell travels to Portugal to study the production of Port and cork manufacture.

The first Tastes of Rutherglen is held.
Cellar Door extensions are complete, including the Allen Campbell Room - creating an 'open winery' where visitors can easily view all stages of wine production.
The Centenary Rutherglen Wine Show - where the 1988 Rhine Riesling wins the Trophy for Best District Dry White and Gold in the Open Classes.
The Liqueur Muscat wins a Silver Medal in the International Wine Challenge in London.

Bobbie Burns Shiraz 20th Anniversary - Retrospective Tastings around Australia.
Andrew Campbell, son of Malcolm and Jenny, returns home to manage the Campbell farming operations.

Isabella Tokay is launched, and the 1989 Limited Release Chardonnay wins the trophy for Best District Dry White at Rutherglen - the first of five consecutive trophies for Campbells Limited Release Chardonnay.
Colin Campbell initiates an ambitious series of open fermentation trials - seeking to combine the best aspects of traditional red winemaking with modern fermentation technology.

Empire Port is reintroduced to Campbells wine range.
A non cultivation system is introduced into the vineyard.
1991 Limited Release Chardonnay wins the Best District Dry White Trophy at the Rutherglen Show.

A new tank press is installed in the winery - designed to capture more delicate fruit flavour in the wines.
The inaugural Vintage Dinner is held and Campbells hold their first Spring Picnic - a showcase for regional produce.

Campbells win 3 of the 4 District Trophies at the Rutherglen Wine Show - Best White (1992 Limited Release Chardonnay), Best Red (1992 Cabernets) and Best North East White (1992 Rhine Riesling).
Malcolm and Jenny Campbell take a study tour of the New Zealand vineyards.
Geneva Double Curtain trellising trials are introduced into the vineyards.
1991 Bobbie Burns Shiraz is selected in the Australian Dozen.

The 1992 Bobbie Burns Shiraz wins a coveted Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge in London - resulting in a 1000 case shipment to the United Kingdom.
Scott Henry trellis trials are introduced into the vineyards.
Colin and Prue Campbell launch Bobbie Burns Shiraz in the UK and conduct retrospective tastings in London and Edinburgh

Campbells celebrate 125 Years of continuous winemaking at Rutherglen.
A Dinner is held in the winery for industry leaders and associates with guest of honour, the Premier of Victoria,
Extensive improvements are made to the Fermentation Cellar including a new crusher.
A 12ha (30 acre) extension to the family vineyards is commenced.
The Barkly Durif is launched setting a new benchmark for durif from Rutherglen.
1993 Bobbie Burns Shiraz awarded a 5 star rating in Epicure Uncorked.
Merchant Prince is awarded Best Muscat in Winestate Magazine.
The Limited Release Chardonnay wins the Best District Dry White Trophy at the Rutherglen Show.
The Governor of Victoria names the Allen Campbell Room.
Colin and Malcolm are honoured by the Victorian Wine Industry Association with a "Distinguished Service Award" for outstanding service to the development of the Victorian Wine Industry.
Allens is released as a tribute to Allen Campbell in Campbells 125th year.

1994 Bobbie Burns Shiraz is in the Top 50 of the Qantas Australian Gourmet Traveller Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
Malcolm and Jenny Campbell take a study tour of the vineyards and wines of Chile and Argentina.
Exporting to Singapore commences.
The first vintage of Shiraz Durif Cabernet

1995 Bobbie Burns Shiraz wins a Silver medal at the International Wine Challenge in London.
Campbells Cellar Club commences.
Campbells once again export to the US.
The Rutherglen Wine Region is registered.
Donna Campbell and husband Geoff announce the arrival of Jen and Malc’s 1st grandchild, Michael.

First annual Burns Day celebrations are held for the release of the new vintage of Bobbie Burns Shiraz.
Isabella Rare Rutherglen Tokay wins Best Fortified Wine in Epicure Uncorked
The Muscat of Rutherglen Network, chaired by Colin Campbell, sets the classification system for Rutherglen Muscat and Rutherglen Tokay.
Colin and Prue Campbell launch the Muscat of Rutherglen Network and the classification system at a tasting for key industry personnel and the press at Australia House in London.
Campbells win a Trophy at the Rutherglen Wine Show for the 1998 Riesling.

The 30th consecutive vintage of Bobbie Burns Shiraz.
Jane Campbell, daughter of Prue and Colin, commences as Cellar Door Manager.
Malcolm and his son Andrew Campbell study drip irrigation methods in Israel and the US prior to converting the spray irrigated vineyards to drip. 
1997 Bobbie Burns Shiraz and Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat win Gold Medals at the International Wine Challenge in London. 
Andrew Campbell (son of Malcolm and Jenny) dies as a result of a car accident.
A new, state of the art replacement grape picking machine is purchased.
Donna and Geoff celebrate the arrival of their second son, Ben.


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