Jim Barry Wines

Certain names resonate strongly within the halls of Australian wine history and Jim Barry Wines is one of those names. It was Jim Barry’s drive and community spirit that helped set the benchmark for world-class riesling in the Clare Valley and cemented its place as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.

Jim Barry Wines has a strong lineage. Jim was the first qualified winemaker in Clare Valley, graduating as the 17th student with a degree in oenology at the famous Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. Working for 22 years as winemaker at the Clarevale Cooperative, Jim became a pioneer of Australian table wine and helped establish Taylors Wines in 1969.

Jim’s wife Nancy proved a driving force in the formation of Jim Barry Wines. His sons Peter, Mark and John were also involved in the company’s rise, with Peter becoming managing director in 1985. Today, Peter’s sons Tom and Sam both work for Jim Barry Wines as winemaker and commercial manager respectively, while his daughter Olivia is studying at university with an interest in joining the company.

The current custodians, Peter and Sue Barry, are deeply proud that Jim Barry Wines is still family owned, with three generations of Roseworthy Agricultural College graduates. The Barry family name is synonymous with the Clare Valley wine region and their deep ties to the local community continue to this day. Jim Barry sadly passed away in 2004 and was recently honoured with a Legends Hall of Fame award at the 2014 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.


2014 Jim Barry Watervale Riesling

This riesling has a fantastic lift of Tahitian lime and lemon citrus. The palate delivers intense lime, grapefruit and citrus notes with an overall generosity of fruit-based sweetness, supported by a natural acid backbone.

2012 Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon

This Coonawarra-Clare Valley blend displays characters of cassis and dark berries, with subtle hints of dried herbs. The palate is medium- bodied and generous, showing fine tannins and highlighted by flavours of blackcurrant, mint and morello cherries.

2011 Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz

Exhibiting rich, concentrated dark plum and berry fruits, spice and ripe tannins. What sets it apart from other regions is an air of grace and elegance, with a line of fine natural acidity keeping the voluptuous fruit in check.

2009 Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz

This is an incredibly concentrated wine – the essence of Clare Valley shiraz – with a graceful, refined air. Beautifully judged oak nuances are hidden behind a curtain of deep, ripe fruit with fine, ripe tannins and a cut of acid powering the wine along.

  • Getting There: 33 Craig Hill Road,
  • Suburb: Clare
  • Phone: (08) 8842 2261
  • Fax: (08) 8842 3752
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website: www.jimbarry.com
  • Cellar Door: Open 9:00am–5:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am–4:00pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: No
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Online sales and wine club