Hallgarten & Novum Wines is to take over the exclusive distribution of Jim Barry Wines from June 2018.

The Australian family winery’s whole portfolio will be transferred to Hallgarten, including the Armargh Shiraz, Florita Riesling and the recently released Assyrtiko, available to both the off and on-trade.

Jim Barry Wines managing director, Peter Barry, said: “We are very excited to be working with Hallgarten. They are one of the UK’s finest wine distributors with an already impressive Australian portfolio, and we have known their senior management team for many years.”

Hallgarten’s portfolio director, Jim Wilson, said: “We are thrilled to be taking over the distribution of one of Australia’s greatest wineries. Jim Barry Wines is truly the icing on the cake for our already enviable Australian portfolio that demonstrates the regional diversity of the country.”

Jim Barry was the 17th qualified winemaker in Australia and the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley. The team started producing wine under the label of Jim Barry Wines in 1959. Jim Barry Wines now produces fruit from vinicultural holdings at 12 locations in the Clare Valley totalling more than 250 hectares, along with two properties totalling 35 hectares in Coonawarra.

Jim Barry Wines joins Hallgarten’s Australian portfolio, which includes Larry Cherubino, Berton Vineyards and clos Clare, run by Tom and Sam Barry.