The name J.K. Carriere is a contraction of Jim Prosser’s two grandfathers’ names. The wasp that features prominently on the label has, due to severe allergy, twice nearly killed him. In 1999, on the heels of cellar work for eight classic Pinot Noir producers (OR, NZ, AUS, FR) and still working for two, Jim boot-strapped his operation and started making wine as J.K. Carriere Wines in Newberg, Oregon.
For its first ten years the winery operated from a true 100-year-old barn, which allowed both the business and reputation to flourish. In November 2007, Jim purchased 40 acres of grape-growing land on the southeast flank of Parrett Mountain, in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. In 2009 the first vineyard blocks were planted, a new winery building was completed, and J.K. Carriere settled into its new home in the hills.
The winery, a barn of this century, is both state-of-the art and scale-of-a-man whose hands are in the wine. It’s the ethos of understated conservation and the beauty of simple physics, from the bottom of its underground barrel caves to its heat-ventilating clerestory. The first harvest vinified in the new winery was 2009.
The vineyard, personally farmed by Jim and his crew at the winery, is non-irrigated, organically farmed (noncertified) and sitting at an elevation of 500 to 700 ft. With eight variants of Jory soil (volcanic) and young Pinot Noir vines, the red fruit ripens reasonably early, with moderate acid and substantial structure. Fruit comes from the Front Block planted in 2009 (Pommard, VSP), the Lower Block planted in 2010 (Wadenswill, VSP), and the East Block planted in 2011 (Pommard, VSP). Seventeen additional acres of plantable vineyard are currently in development.
Pirramimma vineyards and winery are nestled behind the township of McLaren Vale, running parallel to Tatachilla Road. The mature vineyards are planted to 13 varieties and 40 designated blocks, spread over 300 acres and allow them to produce over 80 different wines, from the iconic McLaren Vale Shiraz, pioneered varieties such as Petit Verdot and Tannat, and an ancient collection of fortifieds.
Founded in 2005, the Barons de Rothschild Champagne House has established strong relationships with partner producers to craft champagnes of a rare elegance from exceptional terroirs and rigorously selected grapes. “Accomplishing through great achievements”, such has been the Rothschild family’s ambition for more than 250 years. Through the strength of its wine-growing experience, the family has joined forces with producers from Champagne to develop excellent champagnes which bring together know-how and tradition.
Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm L’Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the estate, and the beginnings of what was to become a sprawling enterprise with a focus on terroir-specific wines.
Takara has great experience in producing Shochu , Mirin and Sake for more than one-and-a-half centuries. Because Takara’s main business endeavors depend heavily on the mastery of natural processes such as fermentation, the Company feels a strong responsibility toward preserving the natural environment.
Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry’s drive that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.