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9 December 2016 | The Artisans | Sal Johnson

10 questions with Tim Duval


This year saw the next generation of Duvals join the John Duval Wines family. After a 7 year stint working as a commercial Lawyer specialising in Wine, Agribusiness and Hospitality, Tim joined the family firm in January this year just in time for vintage madness.

10 questions – Tim Duval

What are the three most memorable wines you have tasted?

- While I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, drinking Cristal as a 17 year old on site at Champagne House Louis Roederer

- Sharing a great bottle of 1986 Grange with family – a birth year bottle for my brother and one of JD’s favourite Grange’s

- Trying Seppelt 100 year old Para Tawny for the first time

What is your favourite part of vintage?

- the first cold beer at the end of a long day is pretty good.. following wines through fermentation and seeing the reflection of the vintage conditions and of the site is a highlight.

What was your first job?

 - working some long, hot, Barossa summers training vines.

What would you do if you weren’t in the wine industry?

- I would probably still be a commercial lawyer, having 7 years as a lawyer under my belt before I joined John Duval Wines. Having said that, my practise as a lawyer still centered around the wine, agribusiness and hospitality industries, so I always had a connection with wine.

What grape variety or style excites you?

- I’m most excited about Grenache at the moment. The Barossa is undergoing a Grenache renaissance, with more serious attention being given to Grenache. And why wouldn’t we, having access to some of the oldest Grenache vines in the world.

What are your top three desert island wines?

- Start with Krug, throw in a 1973 Leo Buring Eden Valley Riesling and finish with some 1978 Conterno Monfortino Barolo.

What are your top 5 tips for people visiting the Barossa?

- Take your time to explore – don’t try and do too many wineries in one day

- check out historic Seppeltsfield, try your birth year tawny and eat at Fino.

- Take a walk in the Kaiserstuhl Conservation park

- Visit Hutton Vale Farm – great history, produce and people

- And, of course, spend a lazy afternoon tasting and grazing at Artisans of Barossa.

What was the first wine you drank?

- I was practically weaned on Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet..

What is your role at John Duval Wines and what does it entail?

- I work across a wide range of areas within John Duval Wines. During vintage I am out in the vineyards and in the winery with John. Following vintage, we are on the road or on a plane visiting key markets and connections. I also co-ordinate our labelling, bottling and packaging along with other commercial activities.

The great Bakery question – Apex or Linke’s?

- Apex – I’m a Tanunda boy through and through.


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