Meet the Maker: Jo Irvine, Barossa Valley S.A.

Posted: April 22, 2020

– With Peter Bourne –

Although, Jo Irvine comes from well-known winemaking family (her father, James is universally known as the ‘Master Merlot Maker’) Jo Irvine was drawn to the medical world before undergoing a mid-life epiphany and enrolled in an oenology course. Irvine worked six vintages both in the Barossa Valley and California before starting her own wine consulting business in 2003. In 2010 with her partner Peter (and two young boys nipping at her ankles) Irvine established a 500 tonne small batch processing facility in the Barossa Valley under the ‘Wine Wise’ banner.

Irvine career is an exemplar of success and was awarded the trophy for Best Zinfandel and Best Red Winemaker at the 2006 International Wine Challenge. 2008 saw Irvine as a finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year and was anointed Barossa Winemaker of the Year the following year. Irvine’s own brand Levrier was numbered in the James Halliday Wine Companion Top 10 new wineries in 2019. In her own words “Great wines are created by synergy and attention to detail both in the vineyard and in the winery … by providing specialized, small batch winemaking facilities to many smaller producers, I am able to create unique wines from their vineyards.” Kyara Wines are the beneficiary of this incredible drive and passion.

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