At university she did a degree in zoology. There being a slight shortage of vacancies for zoologists in Marlborough, after completing her degree Jules went on to do a postgraduate course in winemaking and viticulture at Lincoln.
Her first job was working at one of Marlborough’s original custom wineries, Vintech, and work continued with vintages in Piedmont, Sicily, Australia and Cloudy Bay, before taking a permanent job at Marlborough Valley Cellars. This was the big step. It was here that she came across the three people that were to be her mentors, Kim Crawford, Simon Waghorn and Matt Thompson.
It was they who encouraged her to launch her own label and, in 2001, Jules made her first batch of Jules Taylor wines. 200 cases of Pinot Gris and Riesling. Today those 200 cases have been joined by Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rosé. Waiting in the wings are Gruner Veltliner and Arneis.
Jules Taylor Wines has no available wines.
George is married to Jules. Self-described as a ‘burnt out winemaker’ – which is grossly unfair as you can’t burn wine – George has now turned his attention to “buttering up” bank managers and other necessary tasks in the engine room; marketing, selling, stuff that needs doing, and Jules. Not necessarily in that order.