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Jim Barry

You can not mention the top winemakers in the Clare Valley without mentioning the Barry family, and patriarch Jim Barry. Jim Barry was the first quali...

You can not mention the top winemakers in the Clare Valley without mentioning the Barry family, and patriarch Jim Barry. Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley driving the early wines at the Clarevale cooperative before he assisted with Taylors. He then launched Jim Barry Wines, arguably the leading winery in the Clare Valley and one of South Australia’s best.

Jim Barry Wines has made a name for itself through the generosity and honesty of its wines. Every wine that carries the Jim Barry name, whether red or white, not only radiates with Clare Valley character but also a user friendly drinkability, even the iconic Armagh Shiraz. The Armagh vineyard was planted by Jim Barry in 1968 and now sits with Wendouree as one of the Clare Valley’s most collectable and ageworthy red wines.

On top of the Armagh vineyard, the Barry family also own a very famous wine synonymous with exceptional Riesling - the Florita Vineyard, planted by Leo Buring’s legendary winemaker John Vickery in the hallowed Watervale district. While the vineyard has been in Barry hands since 1986, they had to wait till 2004 before they could let the world know that Florita was the source for many of their Rieslings. Today, Florita is only released in top vintages, with a limited production of under 500 cases.

Today Jim Barry is run by Peter Barry and his children, Tom, Sam and Olivia, under which it continues to innovate and improve. That is best exemplified by their planting of the Greek white grape variety grown on the island of Santorini, Assyrtico, in their Lodge Hill vineyard back in 2012. While very unique for the Clare Valley and Australia as a whole, the planting of Assyrtico further affirms Jim Barry Wines as one of the country’s top wineries.

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