Winemaker / Viticulturist
Jarrah Prior hails from the world-renowned wine region of the Mornington Peninsula (Victoria, Australia), and it was here that Jarrah developed a strong passion for wine and all things related.
His wine career commenced when he was 18 years of age, completing his first vintage as a Cellar Hand in the Yarra Valley. Jarrah gained a Bachelor of Wine Science from Charles Sturt University following which moved to Australia’s spectacular Margaret River wine region where he worked as Winemaker for Devil’s Lair.
With a love for the industry today just as much as he did during his studies and early winemaking career, Jarrah will tell you that he is a classic ‘wine nerd’. He loves tasting, exploring, experiencing wines from all over the world and will happily talk endlessly about anything remotely wine-related.
The move across the ditch from Australia to New Zealand happened during 2019, and Marlborough was selected as the destination as a chance to continue to develop his winemaking career in yet another world-renowned wine-growing region. Jarrah joined Saint Clair immediately prior to vintage 2020.
Initially employed at Saint Clair Family Estate to cover a maternity leave Winemaking position, Jarrah quickly and easily cemented himself within the team bringing with him knowledge and experience to share with others as well as a clear drive to continue to grow and develop within his career in the wine industry. After working in this Winemaking role an opportunity came available to move into a role that encompasses viticulture whilst maintaining a winemaking component.