You can’t have a wine label named Jules Taylor without having a Jules Taylor. Jules is the eponymous winemaker, Marlborough’s Queen of Sauvignon Blanc and a godmother to several hundred thousand little grapes. Born and bred Marlburian, Jules has seen the transformation that the wine industry brought to the region and has a deep understanding of the interplay between the grape and Marlborough’s variety of climates and soils. She also spent much time travelling the globe’s other wine producing areas, working 5 vintages in Italy and three in Australia. Upon her return home, she slotted straight into a job making wine for some of the most acclaimed brands in the country, and eventually branched off to create her own label under the mentorship of Kim Crawford in 2001. More than a decade later, the little moonlighting project has grown into an internationally recognized label and the brand Jules Taylor became synonymous with high quality, premium Marlborough wine.
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Jules Taylor was born in the year that the first vines were planted in Marlborough. One went on to produce wines that reverberated around the world with a distinctive, award winning character. The other was a grapevine.
Whether circumstance or serendipity had Jules Taylor growing up in Marlborough at the time that the wine industry was taking off, she happily admits that she had no blinding ambition to become a winemaker - but things change.