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Last month Jim Barry Wines was named '2020 Winery of the Year' at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

Every year, James Halliday, Australia's most renowned wine journalist pinpoints the best Australian wines, winemakers and wineries from the thousands of Australian wines he tastes for the annual Halliday Wine Companion guide.

Established by patriarch Jim Barry in 1959, the Clare Valley winery has become synonymous with crafting quality Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon while also pioneering the variety Assyrtiko outside of Greece.

James Halliday said, “The 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Winery of the Year is Jim Barry. 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.

“The Halliday award is a tremendous accolade representing our commitment to owning our own vineyards, wine quality, and the Clare Valley" says Second-generation winemaker Peter Barry. 

"This win is the realisation of the dreams we have and what dad set out to achieve from the beginning. “I feel euphoric– this recognition encompasses all of my father and family’s hard work, commitment and vision. He was my hero and mentor, and he would be so proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley, graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947 as just the 17th oenologist from the newly established course. 

This exciting announcement coincided with their 60th birthday celebration last month.