Winemaker of the Year 1989 - London International Wine and Spirit Competition
Red Winemaker of the Year 1991 & 2000 - London International Wine Challenge
5 Star Winery - Halliday Wine Companion
"After a stellar 29-year career at Penfolds, including 16 years as Chief Winemaker, John founded John Duval Wines in 2003 with the express aim of making wines from the Barossa’s classic varieties and prized old vines. John’s first wine was ‘Plexus’, a Rhone style blend containing Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM). He released his ‘Entity’ Shiraz in 2006, and then a super premium Reserve ‘Eligo’ Shiraz, which is made in tiny quantities and only when vintage conditions allow.
Content with the course he has set, John has no ambitions to turn John Duval Wines into another Penfolds. His mission is to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking, as well as having a vehicle to express his 40 plus years of premium winemaking knowledge. By working closely with some of the Barossa’s best vignerons (who are key custodians of the region’s treasured old vines), the future of John Duval Wines looks very good indeed." - Cellarhand