History & Geography
Certain names resonate strongly within the halls of Australian wine history. Jim Barry is one such name. Jim was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley of South Australia, graduating with the 17th Degree in Oenology from the famous Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. Working for 22 years as winemaker at the Clarevale Co-operative, Jim Barry became a pioneer of Australian table wine, championing the planting of varieties such as Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec in the Clare Valley. He and wife, Nancy, established their own winery in 1959 and so began a family tradition of excellence and innovation in winemaking and viticulture. Sons, Peter, Mark & John were involved in the company’s rise and Peter Barry became managing director in 1985. Today, Peter's own two sons, Tom and Sam, manage the day to day operations of the business.
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