Assyrtiko Finds a Home in Oz

Clare Valley's Jim Barry Wines brings the Greek grape to life Down Under
Assyrtiko Finds a Home in Oz
Jim Barry Wines' Peter Barry has found Australia's warm climate suitable to Assyrtiko. (Don Brice Photography)
Mar 7, 2016

On holiday with family in the Greek Islands in 2007, Peter Barry became enchanted with the crisp, minerally white wine they were served as a house wine with almost every meal. On Santorini he learned it was Assyrtiko. The owner of Jim Barry Wines decided to plant some in his own vineyards in Clare, in South Australia.

"I'm looking for something to stand up to heat," says Barry, who is concerned that climate change might make his current white wines lose their zip and flavor if they ripen too early.

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