When first I went prospecting in Australia, in fact the first two times, I had never tasted Jim Barry wines but frequently in conversations with winemakers I’d hear Jim Barry this and Jim Barry that. Enough already! Who is this guy? The André Tchelistcheff of Australia?
The late Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. He started in 1949, the first professionally trained winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia. He and his wife, Nancy, built a successful wine business which has produced trophy-winning wines since its establishment in 1959. Today, the company is headed by Jim’s second son Peter. Peter’s son Tom is assistant winemaker.
"Sometimes it takes longer than a lifetime to do a lifetime's work… it's now up to my children." - Jim Barry 1925 – 2004.