The patriarch of this highly successful wine business, Jim Barry, died in 2004, but the business continues under the active involvement of the second generation, led by the irrepressible Peter Barry; the third generation represented by Peter and Sue Barry’s children, Tom, Sam and Olivia. Tom’s wife is also called Olivia, and she (Olivia Hoffman) has set a whirlwind pace, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Adelaide, then a Masters of Wine Business. Peter purchased the famed Florita Vineyard with his brothers in 1986 (one of the oldest vineyards in the Clare Valley, planted in 1962). The second generation also purchased Clos Clare in 2008 with its high-quality vineyards (see separate entry). Jim Barry Wines is able to draw upon 345ha of mature Clare Valley vineyards, plus 35ha in Coonawarra. In November ’16, Jim Barry Wines released the first commercial assyrtiko grown and made in Australia. A founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine. Winery of the Year Wine Companion 2020. Exports to all major markets.
Jim Barry Wines is a family winery based in the Clare Valley of South Australia. The company was founded in 1959 by Jim and Nancy Barry. The company is now owned and managed by Peter Barry, a second generation family winemaker. Jim Barry Wines is home to some of Australia’s favourite wines such as The Armagh, The McRae Wood, The Benbournie, First Eleven, Pb, The Cover Drive, The Lodge Hill Shiraz, The Barry Brothers, The Florita, The Lodge Hill Riesling and Watervale Riesling.