Jim Barry is a family winery located in the uplands of the North Mount Lofty ranges, about 50 km north of Adelaide. The vineyards were established in Clare Valley in 1959. They are committed to quality wines through innovative viticulture and winemaking technology.
Clare Valley is located approximately 40km north of Barossa. It has what could be described as a continental climate, although each of the five sub-regions has its own microclimate also. The distinct cool climate characteristics and intense varietal fruit flavors typical of Clare Valley are evident in Jim Barry wines.
All of Jim Barry’s vineyards are in distinctive climatic sites. Watervale is in the middle of Clare Valley, Lodge Hill resides in the Easter Ranges, Armagh is to the west, and Clare River is adjacent to the winery itself. Additional purchases of land were made in 1977 to ensure future quality wine production.
The Armagh Vineyard was the turning point for Barry and his sons, producing Shiraz grapes full of concentration and power out of the 8 acre vineyard with poor, gravelly soil. The first Armagh was released in 1985, a wine that has remained a true Australian classic.
Jim Barry began wine making in the Clare Valley in 1946. An oenology student at Roseworthy, Jim began his career at the Clarevale co-operative with a 22 vintages before moving on Taylor's at Auburn. By 1959, Jim had his own label.
The Clare Valley is situated around 140km north of Adelaide and is another of the outstanding wine growing areas of South Australia which also boasts the Barossa Valley, and Coonawarra. Clare Valley has a higher concentration of smaller, boutique wineries that produce wines of outstanding quality.
Jim Barry is one of great pioneers of wine making in the Clare Valley with a substantial land holding and a passion to make wines representative of the region.