JOHN DUVAL WINES
John Duval | Tanunda
“To make wines that I am entirely responsible for
is the most challenging and rewarding experience of my career.”
John Duval is known as one of the winemakers to put Australian wine on the map. Like someone with a famous relative, John’s name was once barely uttered without reference to Australia’s most famous wine, Grange, of which he was apprentice and ultimately custodian for almost 30 years.
But today, it is his bold wines borne from old vine Shiraz vineyards throughout the Barossa that are demanding attention. His trio of Plexus, Entity and Eligo show the measure of John’s hands-on winemaking. He works closely with growers whose families have watched over the vines for more than five generations.
John is also an unofficial ambassador for the Barossa, clocking up more air miles in a year than most do in a lifetime servicing his joint ventures in Chile and Washington State, and spreading the gospel of Barossa shiraz to the rest of the world.
“To make wines that I am entirely responsible for is the most challenging and rewarding experience of my career. Putting your name on a wine is the ultimate accountability – it only took me 28 years to do it. Working so closely with the growers is the highlight. My respect for them, and that remarkable plant, the grapevine, grows every year.”