Glenn James, Winemaker
Glenn James has forgotten more about winemaking than most will ever know.
The born and bred Kiwi, hailing from Christchurch, followed his passion for science and horticulture to Roseworthy College, South Australia, where he completed his degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 1991.
Glenn started his winemaking career at Kingston Estate Wines and has had a long and successful career moving through the likes of Hardys Wine Company, Southcorp Wines, Treasury Wine Estates and Fleurieu Vintners on his way to greatness. During his time in corporate winemaking, Glenn was a regular judge, both locally and overseas, gathering an encyclopedic knowledge of all things wine.
The corporate wine world could not define Glenn however and he struck out into uncharted waters, creating the Ducks in a Row label aimed at introducing lesser known varieties to Adelaide’s’ wine scene.
One of Glenn’s interests is amphora winemaking. This ancient method of winemaking makes use of clay vessels as opposed to stainless steel or oak and can be traced back 8000 years to ancient Georgia. Glenn acquired an amphora, and started his white variety label Pandora’s Amphora, first in Heathcote, then McLaren Vale and now in Alpine Valleys. He has since added her daughter, Pyrrha, a fiery redhead, and Taurian, named after the grower. They now fall under the blanket label “Claypot”, in reference to their Amphora origins.
Glenn’s next big adventure was down in Tasmania, he moved south and started work at Winemaking Tasmania (now Tasmanian Vintners) in 2014. With a focus on small batch, cool climate contract work for owners of vineyards, Glenn has thrived. Since becoming chief winemaker, he has given the winery a facelift, and transformed winemaking practices. The labels currently being produced under Tasmanian Vintners have been fortunate in wine shows in Australia and internationally.
Glenn joined Billy Button in 2015 alongside his Winemaking Tasmania position. With years of expertise and experience behind him, he balances Jo’s fast paced energy perfectly. The two married in late 2016 in the scenic Porepunkah, with Mt Buffalo as the backdrop.
Glenn James can be contacted at email@example.com.