Jim Barry Wines was founded in 1959 by Jim and Nancy Barry when they purchased a beautiful piece of land on the northern outskirts of the Clare Valley, South Australia. The Barry family name is synonymous with the valley - their drive and community spirit helped shape it as a benchmark producer of world-class riesling and cemented its place as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.
Jim Barry was the very first formally trained winemaker of Clare Valley, graduating from the prestigious Roseworthy Agricultural College with a degree in Oenology back in 1947. He held the position of winemaker at several prominent South Australian wineries for nearly 30 years, before releasing the first vintage of Jim Barry Wines in 1974. Jim passed away in 2004, but the business continues to thrive under the active involvement of the second and third generations, led by the irrepressible Peter Barry.
For 60 years, the Barry family has worked to establish an impressive mosaic of vineyard holdings in South Australia, each unique in soil profile, climate, aspect and elevation. Central to the estate’s fame has been a series of super-premium wines from outstanding vineyard sites. Today, the estate owns two vineyards covering 35 hectares in Coonawara and 320 hectares in the Clare Valley on 17 vineyards. With its nightime temperature-drops and limestone-rich soils, the valley is well-suited to riesling production and Jim Barry Wines are leaders in single-vineyard and micro-bottlings of exceptional parcels of riesling. The Clare Valley terroir also provides the necessary acid and structure to assist long-term cellaring of their wonderful reds.