Peter Barry, Managing Director of Jim Barry Wines, first tasted Assyrtiko in 2006 whilst on holiday with his wife Sue on Santorini, and again the following year at the London Wine Fair. Ten years on, following a lengthy process of importation and quarantine of the cuttings, the 2016 Jim Barry Assyrtiko can now be shared with Australian consumers.

Mr Barry said when he first tried the varietal of Assyrtiko, it immediately stood out to him as a wine well suited to the modern Australian palate. On observing similarities in the climate in Santorini, he decided Clare Valley would be an ideal region to grow the variety.

“The fresh, crisp, acidic qualities of the wine are perfect accompaniments to contemporary Australian food – it is a natural partner for the Australian climate and cuisine,” Mr Barry said.


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