Victoria | Rutherglen

James' Review

Campbells has a long and rich history, with five generations of the family making wine for over 150 years. There were difficult times: phylloxera’s arrival in the Bobbie Burns Vineyard in 1898; the Depression of the 1930s; and premature deaths. But the Scottish blood of founder John Campbell has ensured that the business has not only survived, but quietly flourished. Indeed, there have been spectacular successes in unexpected quarters (white table wines, especially Riesling) and expected success with Muscat and Topaque. 99-point scores from Robert Parker and a 100-point score from The Wine Spectator put Campbells in a special position. It is fair to say that the nigh-on half-century fourth-generation stewardship of Malcolm and Colin Campbell has been the most important so far, but the five members of the fifth generation all working in the business are well equipped to move up the ladder when Colin and/or Malcolm retire. A founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine. Exports to the UK, the US, China and other major markets.


Winemaker Colin and Julie Campbell
Established 1870
Dozens 36 000
Vineyards (area) 72 ha
Opening Hours Mon–Sat 9–5, Sun 10–5
Address 4603 Murray Valley Highway, Rutherglen, Vic 3685
Telephone (02) 6033 6000