Michael is the fifth generation of Barker's to own land in the Geraldine area but was the first to never farm it. Anthony & Gillian Barker founded a cottage industry called Barker’s Wines in 1969 and developed a range of fruit wines. You are invited to visit the Barker’s Wines exhibit, and other interesting local exhibits in the Geraldine Museum, just 80 metres from the Vicarage, on Cox St.
The Barker’s business grew and it no longer makes fruit wines but fruits are the hero of a range of premium Jams, Chutneys, Relishes, Sauces, Dressings & Vinaigrettes, Compotes, Fruit Pastes and Fruit Syrups. Barker’s is now the leading NZ manufacturer of Fruit Syrups, Preserves and Chutneys. Australian visitors may recognise some of these Barker’s products which are now available in Australian supermarkets. Michael was the Chief Executive and is now Chairman of Barker Fruit Processors which is the town’s largest employer. If you look in the fridge in your room you will hopefully find a jar of jam or sauce, proudly labeled 'Barker’s of Geraldine.'
For a true Barker’s experience, the team at the Barker's Foodstore & Eatery (next door to The Vicarage Geraldine) welcomes you for a delicious tasting and eat-in experience.