Jim Irvine’s career spans five decades in the wine industry and he doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon! Not surprisingly his daughter, Joanne, has joined the family business and is intimately involved in the winemaking process also. This combination of youthful vigour with such a depth of industry experience will ensure a great future for Irvine wines.
Jim refers to Merlot as the “King of Wines” and we may well refer to him as the King of Merlot! After sampling the magnificence of wines such as Chateau Petrus, Jim knew he had found the varietal he wanted to work with. Twenty years later the Irvine Grand Merlot is recognised alongside it’s Bordeaux peers and, indeed, often outperforms in many blind lineups.