Joseph Herman Knappstein migrated from Germany to South Australia in the year 1876 at the age of 18. His family settled in Clare Valley where Joseph started out by selling fruit. Over the next few years, his hard work paid off and he expanded his business by building a large holding and an orchard. He married Ruth Reed and gave birth to four sons. By the 1890s, 150 acres of the Clare Valley region was covered with grapevines. Seeing a need to process these grapes, a large grape - grower Christison approached Joseph and two others with the idea of collectively establishing a winery. This winery was named the Stanley Wine Company, which earned great success after the war. Unfortunately, Ruth died and Joseph moved to Western Australia. But when the company started suffering losses in exports, Joseph returned home to take charge of the company, and is responsible for the winery’s huge success and reputation.