The first qualified winemaker in Clare valley
Industy pioneer, Jim Barry and his wife Nancy founded Jim Barry Wines in 1959 that is located in South Australia’s Clare Valley.
Jim Barry drive and community spirit helped to mold South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world-class Riesling and cemented its place as one of Australia’s premier wine regions
Jim was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley, graduating with a Degree in Oenology in 1947. He had worked for 22 years as winemaker at the Clarevale Co-operative, making him a pioneer of Australian table wine. He then established Taylors Wines in 1969. Jim Barry Winery was strongly driven by Jim’s wife Nancy and their sons Peter, Mark & John, who collectively made the company rise. In 1985, Peter Barry became the managing director. Today the third generation of Jim Barry, Peter’s children Tom, Sam, and Olivia work at the winery as a winemaker, commercial manager, and brand ambassador respectively.
Jim Barry winery: enjoy a wide portfolio of great wines
They produce their own fruit from a mosaic of unique vineyard sites across the Clare Valley and Coonawarra. The grape varieties produced at the vineyards of this estate are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Riesling, and Assyrtiko. Their high-quality, estate-grown fruit has been instrumental in the development of a number of iconic red, white and rose wines like The Armagh Shiraz, The McRae Wood Shiraz and The Florita Riesling.
Member of Australia’s First Families of Wine
The Barry family name is synonymous to the Clare wine region and their deep ties to the local community continue to this day. Jim Barry Wines is a proud, founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine and was named 2020 Halliday Wine Companion ‘Winery of the Year’.