Levrier | Barossa Valley, South Australia
WHO IS LÉVRIER WINES?
To stand out in a region lauded for its superior winemaking is an exceptional feat—but the Barossa Valley’s Lévrier Wines is anything but typical. The talented master winemaker at the helm, Jo Irvine, has taken a meandering path to get her to where she is today—creating award-winning wines in one of the most scenic locations in the country.
The accolades bestowed upon Jo read like a who’s who of the wine awards circuit. Think Wine Of The Year, Best Wine By Quality and Best Wine By Country for Australia at the 2021 London Wine Competition, a ★★★★★ Rating and Top 10 New Wineries of 2019 listing in the
2019 Halliday Wine Companion and as Gold Medals at the 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2020 New York International Wine Competition and 2020 USA Sommeliers Choice Awards. And we could go on!
Jo founded Lévrier in 2017 and named it after the French term for greyhound. It’s an expression of her love and advocacy for the dog breed. Customers’ own four-legged friends are even welcome at the cellar door.
WINEMAKING IN THE GENES
The genesis of Lévrier Wines began when Jo was just seven years old. Shadowing her father James Irvine—aka the ‘Master Merlot Maker’—she learned the art of tasting ferments and blending wines. Having this education at such a tender age planted the seeds for her future calling.
However, it wasn’t a straight path to following her passion. After school, Jo worked as an operating theatre nurse for almost 20 years before giving it up to follow her passion into winemaking. In 2003, she launched her wine consulting business, followed by the creation of a 500-tonne purpose-built small-batch processing facility in the Barossa in 2010.
In 2017, the winemaker realised her dream with the launch of her own label, Lévrier Wines. Jo prides herself on personally selecting single-vineyard fruit from dedicated Barossa and Eden Valley growers, before treating them to specifically coopered new French oak barrels to create her award-winning drops.
The label was launched with the release of the Lévrier Meslier Sparkling Rosé, made from one of the rarest sparkling grape varieties in the world. In a sweet twist of fate, the grapes supplied to Jo were grown from source material taken from a nearby vineyard where her father James planted the first Meslier vineyard in Eden Valley.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Award-winning wines produced by acclaimed winemaker
- Dog-friendly cellar door
- Personal wine tastings available
- Located in the picturesque Barossa Valley
- The Lévrier Meslier Sparkling Rosé is one of the rarest sparkling wines in the world
- 2015 Anubis Cabernet Sauvignon highly awarded, including Wine Of The Year, Best Wine By Quality and Best Wine By Country for Australia at the 2021 London Wine Competition
ABOUT BAROSSA VALLEY
When the word Barossa leaves one’s lips, it is usually met with an involuntary impulse of a little drool and a romantic imagining of glasses laid out before you, brimming with award-winning wines. This vision certainly holds true for the cellar doors of Nuriootpa.
As the commercial centre of the Barossa Valley, the historic town is celebrated for its eclectic array of wineries, spirit distilleries, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Quaint buildings line the main street, but if you venture a little further you’ll discover a patchwork of vineyards.
Located just 82km north-east of Adelaide, Nuriootpa is home to many historic buildings dating back to the 1800s following the discovery of copper deposits in the nearby town of Kapunda.