Jim Barry Rieslings and The Florita vertical

Sam Barry Florita tasting

‘Don’t buy it’, Nancy Barry instructed her husband Jim in 1986 when the Florita vineyard came up for auction. The company was already heavily in debt and interest rates were at 20%.

Fortunately for those of us in London who had the chance to taste this vertical of every vintage of The Florita Riesling, from 2004 to 2017, Jim persuaded his three sons Mark, Peter and John to do so. Peter Barry (centre), now the head of the company, which he runs with his wife Sue (on Peter's left) and their three children Tom (winemaker, second from right), Sam (commercial director...