Article Courtesy of The Barossa Mag
It seems the berry hasn’t fallen too far from the vine when it comes to the father/son team behind John Duval
The boutique winery’s founder, John Duval is famous for his role as a Penfold’s Grange winemaker, having learned from the very masterminds behind the iconic red which is coveted by collectors.
John, or “JD”, joined the Penfold’s team in 1974 as a 23-year-old university graduate after attending his first and only job interview which launched his award-winning winemaking career.
“They were pretty heady days!” smiles John, describing nearly three decades at the Nuriootpa based winery.
“It was an incredible experience to work with people like Max Schubert and Don Ditter, Kevin Schroeder, who was the senior winemaker, and then people like Mike Press and Robin Moody, etc.
“John Bird used to come up from Magill. I was fortunate enough, after a 12 year apprenticeship, to get the tap on the shoulder and take over as chief winemaker.”
Acknowledgement of Country —
The Barossa is located on the traditional lands of the Ngadjuri, Peramangk and Kaurna people