Jules Taylor was born in the year the first vines were planted in Marlborough. One went on to produce wines that reverberated around the world with award winning character, the other was a grapevine.
Jules has always been keen for a challenge, after completing a bachelor of science she made a sharp right-hand turn taking on a post-grad degree in viticulture and winemaking at Lincoln University. A decision that changed her life.
On the hunt for more knowledge, Jules explored the world's winemaking regions, with a focus on Italy. She spent five vintages in Sicily and three in Pidemont. Expanding her horizons, getting a hands-on education and adding to her book of tricks, she learned the ins and outs of traditional winemaking and explored her love of fine wine (and shoes).
Adding a bit of romance to the vintage didn't hurt either. Jules met budding winemaker George Elworthy, and after vintage-hopping around the world refining her craft, they settled back in Marlborough.
Sprinting up the corporate wine ladder over the next few years, Jules established quite the name for herself in little old Marlborough. She lead the pack as Senior Winemaker at one of New Zealand's largest wineries and was sought after by others. But with sales projections and marketers calling the shots, it was time for a change.
In 2001 Jules and her husband George put everything on the line and gave their dream a shot. They let their wine do the talking.
Initially, Jules Taylor Wines emerged as a little moonlighting project with a mere 400 cases. Five years, two children and a few thousand cases later, Jules Taylor Wines was officially established.
Still family-owned and operated in Marlborough by Jules and George, Jules Taylor Wines is now an internationally-recognised wine brand with worldwide fans.
Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay