Our Story

With over 60 years of winemaking experience between them, the Jericho family are very good at what they do. Born of an idea to pass on family tradition, and crafted with just one thing in mind; the desire to bring you great wine.

Family tradition began during 1945 in South Australia’s Riverland region, with first generation grapegrowers Vic & Grace Jericho. In planting their patch in Barmera with Shiraz, Grenache, Pedro Ximenex, and Palomino, the young couple unknowingly sowed the seeds for future generations of the Jericho family to tend to the vineyards. 

Grower Vic was proud of his family name, as an avid hobbyist carpenter he signed his name to everything he made. According to family lore, not even the cat or the chickens were safe from Vic’s paintbrush!

You have to be proud of something to put your name on it, and that pride in family continues today. You’ll find Vic’s hand writing on the front of our labels which we have based our brand on; we love being reminded of him every time we share a bottle.

Neil

As the youngest of five children, Neil is used to making it a family affair, but this has certainly been his biggest idea yet; to bring his winemaking pedigree, and the diverse skill set of his family together under one banner, Jericho Family Wines.

Neil watched his parents, Vic & Grace, tend their family vineyard in the Riverland, and though he began his working life as a carpenter, Neil soon embraced the family way, studying Oenology and Wine Marketing at the Roseworthy campus of the University of Adelaide. Neil’s aspirations and thirst for new experiences saw the family move more than a few times over the years; from the Riverland, to the famed fortified winemaking region of Rutherlgen, before a 12 year stint at Brown Brothers in Milawa, and finally back home to South Australia, where Neil held the post of General Manager at Taylors Wines in the Clare Valley for 17 years. As Neil shifts his focus to the future of alternate varieties in Australia, he rates the Fiano as his favourite wine in the portfolio – just don’t ask him to choose a favourite child.

Kaye

Caretaker

While Neil was off walking through vineyards, and stomping on fruit, wife and mum Kaye had the considerable job of making sure everything ran smoothly in the family home. Playing with aplomb, the role of caretaker, support system, and herder of cattle, Kaye has patience in spades. Kaye was never too bothered about Neil’s long vintage hours though, she reckons it’s in his blood.

Andrew

All the summer holidays spent picking fruit, and chilly winters pruning vineyards were enough to inspire Andrew to follow in Neil’s footsteps and become a winemaker himself right out of high school, studying a Bachelor of Oenology at the University of Adelaide. 

After working in the McLaren Vale for 15 years, first at Mollydooker, followed by a 10 year stint at Maxwell Wines, Andrew knows more than most about Shiraz & Grenache, and will bring his comprehensive winemaking and viticultural knowledge to our Blewitt Springs vineyard.

Sally

Accounts & Administration
sally@jerichowines.com.au
0407 725 591

She doesn’t make a fuss about it, so you’d never know, but no one would deny Sally does all the hard work for the Jericho family business. Behind the scenes, Sally’s background in Commerce & Marketing, and extensive experience with Wine Australia helps her make sure all the i’s are dotted, and t’s are crossed.

Kim

Every family has a black sheep, and though it took creative soul Kim a while to find his niche in graphic design, we’d say it was worth the wait. Kim’s passion for wine has been fuelled by numerous vintages both in Australia and abroad, and just the right amount of tasting done in the name of research. Combined with his natural talent for design, Kim’s connection to his family story helped inspire the creation of the distinctive Jericho labels. We think they look good enough to drink.

Caitlin Davies

The ring in, the newbie, the new girl; Caitlin will answer to any of the above. After a trip to the vineyards of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2012, Caitlin abandoned her background in Health Sciences and took off back to Adelaide to study a Master of Oenology at the University of Adelaide. With experience across the industry in winemaking, viticulture, and trade, Caitlin is well versed in her wines, and we figure she’ll have a good chance of turning you on to ours.