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THE SPIRIT OF JOSEPH BARRY

One of South Africa’s leading craft brandy distilleries owes its heritage to the entrepreneurial spirit of its founder, Joseph Barry. Producing handcrafted Cape Brandy since 1941, each sip is a dedication to his maverick ways and ongoing quest for perfection.

The Collection

Each handcrafted Cape Brandy in the Joseph Barry range takes something a little different from the rugged Klein Karoo terroir and turns it into the exceptional.

JOSEPH BARRY XO

A full fruit-driven nose with soft nuances of vanilla. A gentle hint of sherry and rich dried apricots are accompanied on the palate by subtle spice and oak wood. The finish is soft, lingering and perfectly balanced.
750ml


R990 WITH FREE DELIVERY

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JOSEPH BARRY VSOP

Tropical aromas of pineapple, passion fruit and banana are perfectly complemented by guava and fig flavours on the palate. A well-rounded fruity finish follows with a soft mouth feel and hints of mellow wood.
750ml


R590 WITH FREE DELIVERY

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JOSEPH BARRY VS

Lively fruit aromas of apple, pear, orange peel and lemon engage the nose, and are enhanced on the palate with oak, raisins and a hint of coconut. The finish is fruit-laden, smooth and complex.
750ml


R490 WITH FREE DELIVERY

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JOSEPH BARRY MUSCAT

Muscat aromas with candied pineapple, litchi and a hint of lemon rind. The palate is luxuriously complex – sultana, honey, marmalade, dried peach and just a touch of cinnamon spice. The perfect digestif.
500ml


R390 WITH FREE DELIVERY

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The Joseph Barry Story

A bustling, artisan Southern Cape village owes its founding to one unique individual who changed trade routes forever, and strove for perfection in everything that he did.
 

An Entrepreneur Arrives

Joseph Barry was an entrepreneur of the highest order. English by birth, with an early education in all things wine and spirit in Europe, he settled in the Cape Colony in 1817. He was quick to set up a trading company in the Swellendam area of the Klien Karoo, pushing merchandise from the area down the trade routes to Cape Town.

By River And Sea To The Cape

Frustrated at how slow overland travel to the Cape was from the Karoo, he quickly took to the waters and facilitated a much quicker and more effective transportation route, via Malgas on the Breede river, and along the coast from there to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The SS Kadie was the pride of his Fleet.

The Quest For The Quintessential Klein Karoo Brandy

Barry's entrepreneurial spirit soon built him a business empire, with trading posts up and down the Breede River and the small Karoo town that carries his name. It brought him his own currency standard, a local bank, and importantly, allowed him to help develop the fledgling brandy industry in the area. Something very close to his heart, he was always encouraging farmers to improve the quality of their wine and brandy distillate. Joseph Barry's own copper stills produced what was reckoned throughout the Cape to be the very finest - our benchmark to this day.

An Artisan Destillery In A Bustling Town

Today, as you enter the village of Barrydale from the Montagu side, you are greeted by the sight of the Joseph Barry Distillery. Our tasting room welcomes travellers along the R62 with an artisan chocolate-paired tasting of the Joseph Barry range.

Contact Us

Joseph Barry Distillers
R62 Main Road
Barrydale

Tasting Room:
+27 (0)28 572 1012

Administration & Trade Sales:
+27 (0)21 859 2517

info@josephbarry.co.za

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