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, plus brothers John and Mark, the third generation represented by two of Peter and Sue Barry's children, Tom and Sam. Sam's wife Olivia has set a whirlwind pace, graduating with a BSc in Commerce from Adelaide University, then a Masters of Wine Business. Peter, John and Mark purchased the famed Florita Vineyard in 1986 (one of the oldest vineyards in the Clare Valley, planted in 1962). Tom and Sam also purchased Clos Clare in 2008 with its high quality vineyards (see separate entry). Jim Barry Wines' record of 12 wines scoring 95 points or above in this Wine Companion, and the Single Vineyard wines waiting in the wings, all smack of the luck of the Irish, but no-one will begrudge that. The ultra-premium release is The Armagh Shiraz, with the McCrae Wood red wines not far behind. Jim Barry Wines is able to draw upon 290ha of mature Clare Valley vineyards, plus a 13.3ha small holding in Coonawarra. In November 2016, 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 2020 Wine Companion. 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.