About Us

"Modern Barossa Valley Reds, pure Eden Valley Whites."

St John’s Road is a celebration of what the Barossa does best. Eden Valley’s high-altitude elegance and structure is personified in the pristine 'Peace of Eden' Riesling.

The warmer Valley floor is perfectly represented by the Blood & Courage Shiraz and its siblings, 'Motley Bunch' (GMS) and the acclaimed 'The Resilient' Grenache.

These wines are modern Barossa. An abundance of flavour with elegance, style and longevity.

History

St John’s Road was born of a chance encounter between founders Martin & Vivienne Rawlinson and a Saint-Émilion vigneron looking to purchase vineyards in Barossa.

Managing a chambre d’hotes (Bed & Breakfast) in Bordeaux at the time, they were attracted by the romance of making their own wine in Australia and purchased a small vineyard in the Eden Valley in 2001, later acquiring a property in Greenock.

Guided by the best and brightest of the Barossa winemaking fraternity they set about creating a stable of expressive and elegant wines.

Following the passing of Martin Rawlinson in 2005, St John’s Road continued the founders legacy under the custodianship of a new group of passionate growers and makers.

Jimi Lienert - Winemaking

Lead winemaker Jimi Lienert is a proud 5th generation Barossan, his family settling at She-Oak Log on the Western Ridge of the valley in 1854 with the family farm becoming a sprawling vineyard estate over 20 years ago.

Like many Barossa kids, Jimi’s first exposure to the wine industry was working vintage with a local winery and discovering that the energy, fraternity, loyalty and creativity of the work could be the life for him. Successive Barossa and international vintages in New Zealand, USA, and Germany further expanded his view and led to completion of a Masters in Oenology in 2012.

St John’s Road has been the creative vehicle for successive generations of Barossa winemakers leading the charge on a new approach to the stalwart varieties of the region.

Previous winemakers Pete Schell (Spinifex), Christa Deans & Rolf Binder (Veritas) and Phil Lehmann (Max & Me, Eden Hall) have laid the ground-work for Jimi and the current team.

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