Greg and Joe Barritt are direct descendants of two of the earliest settlers in the Barossa Valley, Carl Sobels and Joseph Barritt.
Joseph Barritt arrived in South Australia in 1839, was a member of parliament for the district of Barossa, and he and his descendants have been growing grapes in the Barossa Valley since the 1850’s.
Carl Sobels came as an experienced professional winemaker from France to be the first contract winemaker in South Australia. By 1850 he was living in Tanunda, making wine for other pioneers as well as selling his own wine in London. His son was co-founder of Quelltaler Wines which remained in the family until 1969.
Greg is fifth generation. He was born and bred on the family property in the Barossa Ranges –working with sheep, cattle, crops and, most importantly, 100-year- old vines! With a range of interests he later became a research scientist and now spends his time between research and running the vineyards of the Barritt family estate.
Joe is sixth generation, and studied viticulture/oenology at the University of Adelaide. He has worked vintages in Australia, France and California to further his learning experience and apply his studies to methods used around the world. With experience in vineyards having looked after the vines in the Barritt family vineyards, and a period of selling wines in London, he is now the winemaker for Jb Wines.