Clare's Jim Barry Wines named Winery of the Year

Jim Barry managing director Peter Barry, with sons Sam and Tom, share a toast after being crowned Winery of the Year by James Halliday.
Jim Barry managing director Peter Barry, with sons Sam and Tom, share a toast after being crowned Winery of the Year by James Halliday.

It is a birthday gift that they will not forget anytime soon.

Last Thursday iconic Clare Valley brand Jim Barry Wines was named Winery of the Year in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

From more than 1000 wineries across the country, Jim Barry stood out from the pack..

The timing was serendipitous as the winemakers celebrate their 60th birthday throughout August.

The brand was established in 1959 by Jim Barry, the first qualified winemaker in the Valley.

Peter Barry took over as managing director in 1985 and his sons Tom and Sam followed in his footsteps.

Renowned wine critic James Halliday praised the quality of Jim Barry's drops when awarding the coveted gong.

"This year, Jim Barry's performance at the Clare Valley Wine Show was six gold medals for Riesling and that has never happened before, and it probably won't happen again," he said.

Peter paid tribute to the wider Clare Valley region for playing a part in the win.

"James Halliday is the king of the Australian wine industry, and I feel that we have just received a knighthood," he said.

"It is a reflection of the Clare Valley and the wines that we are able to make here with the different climates that our vineyards cover.

"There is a lot of people behind a wine company, we have tremendous support from local businesses and local people so we acknowledge and thank them for their support."

Tom said the win capped off 60 years of hard work by the family.

"You work hard to win these sorts of things but you never realise that one day it will actually happen," he said.

"We have worked hard for 60 years and we have never won an award like this so it has been a long time coming."

The Barry family will release a commemorative book detailing the family's six decades of winemaking on Saturday.

This story Best gift of all first appeared on Northern Argus.