Ben and Alma Schild first moved to the Barossa Valley from Lameroo in the Murray Mallee in 1952. The first vineyard that the family purchased is located up the top of Steingarten Road, near Rowland Flat, where the original homestead is still situated. In 1956 Ben Schild died suddenly and Ed, being the youngest of eight children and the only son to be living at home, stayed to run the family property at the age of 16. Ed Schild’s enthusiasm for the region, its offerings and vineyards saw him steadily grow the landholdings of the Schild Family, which today encompasses over 450 acres under vine. Within this large amount of land is one small patch of 160 year old shiraz vines which produces the iconic Moorooroo Shiraz.
In 2009 we commenced building a new state of the art winery facility at Lyndoch. Surrounded by 40 acres of prime vineyard land, this purpose built facility was designed in conjunction with an experienced winery design team in order to provide greater control of the winemaking process and allow us to take Schild Estate Wines to the next level. Operational by the 2010 vintage, the ‘Valley of Hope’ winery is capable of processing up to 1,000 tonnes of fruit each year in small batch fermenters. Automatic tank temperature control systems, a self weighing stainless steel crusher, air bag presses, an on-site laboratory, significant barrel and finished goods storage and an integrated rainwater recycling and waste water system all ensure the facility is equipped to the highest industry specifications and capable of carrying Schild Estate well into the future.