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St John's Road

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


History and People

After managing a B&B in the south of France, Martin and Vivienne Rawlinson were inspired to establish St John’s Road in 2001, with a vision to produce full flavoured, yet elegant, wines which reflect the essence of the Barossa.

The current owners aim to uphold Martin and Vivienne’s vision of producing wines that are not only true to the Barossa, but also the sub districts and vineyards they are grown in.

James Lienert (16)

James Lienert - Winemaking

James was born and raised on a farm in the Gomersal/Sheaoak Log region of the Barossa Valley, an area well populated by Lienerts thanks to James’ large family.

Working to his strengths and interests, James enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (Organic and Inorganic Chemistry) at the University of Adelaide, following high school. With winemaking as his second preference he jumped at the offer of an honours position in wine chemistry, seeing this as a valuable step in the right direction. The endless hours in a “windowless lab” confirmed to James that, regardless of his love for chemistry, the Mad Professor life was not for him! The allure of winemaking (and being outdoors) proved irresistible, and to cement this decision, James completed a Masters in Oenology in 2011 - 2012.

Amongst all this study James has still managed to fit in 16 vintages at wine regions around the world. Following his first stint at Penfolds in 2008 he has since completed vintages in New Zealand, USA and Germany. He now finds himself back in his hometown, working as winemaker for St John’s Road alongside Keeda Zilm and Andrew Hardy.

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