Founded in 1975

The Wine Fraternity, Barons of Barossa was founded in 1975 by a group of influential Barossa wine industry personalities. The Fraternity is administered by the Grand Council which is elected biennially. Membership of the Fraternity is by invitation and is offered to persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the Barossa.


The Barons of Barossa focuses on multiple aspects of the wine industry in the Barossa Valley.

The Barossa Cellar

The site of the Barossa Cellar is situated on the western side of the Barossa Ranges with sweeping views overlooking the Valley floor. Planning is in the final stages and building will commence in 2017. We will post developments as they occur and you can follow the action.

The Declaration

Every year on the third Sunday of February, the Barons come together in Tanunda and declare the vintage. The first picked grapes are blessed in the historic Tabor Church, paraded along the main street and crushed and the juice sampled at Keil Garden. The Winemaker and Vigneron of the Year are also announced. Plan to join us on 18 February 2018.

Tributes to dedication

An old hitching post adjacent to Keil Garden in the main street of Tanunda is the starting point for a series of plaques laid in the footpath honouring past Barons who have had a major influence on the Barossa and its direction. A new plaque is added each year at the Declaration of Vintage.

2017 Barossa Vintage Festival

Prestige wine event, Barossa Vintage Festival. The Barons of Barossa will again host the very popular Barossa Cellar Dinner at Chateau Tanunda on 20/4/17. Mark in your planner and look out for future announcements on our web site.

Latest blog entries

Declaration of Vintage

The colourful DECLARATION OF VINTAGE took  place on Sunday 18 February 2018. 

Daniel Falkenberg, of Eden Hall Wines, was named Barossa Viticulturist of the Year and Richard Langford, winemaker at Elderton Wines, was named the 2018 Barossa Winemaker of the Year. 

James Rosenzweig, Rosenvale Wines, was presented the BGWA Services to Industry Award by Nicki Robins. 

A plaque in the name of Brian Hurn OAM was unveiled by his family and will be placed in the footpath alongside Keil Garden in Tanunda. 

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We welcome and toast our new Barons!

Five members of the Barossa Wine community were inducted as Barons of Barossa at The Barossa Cellar Grand Dinner held at Chateau Tanunda on Thursday evening 20th of April.

The new Barons include winemaker Shavaughan Wells; winemaker Julie Ashmead; educator, viticulturist and winemaker Trevor March; viticulturist and winemaker Rob Gibson; and Co-Managing Director of Elderton Wines Cameron Ashmead.

Shavaughan Wells has been making wines at Saltram Wines since 2005 and was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the profile of the Barossa. 

It was a big night for the Elderton team with Julie and Cameron both being inducted. Julie is part of the famous Campbells of Rutherglen dynasty which has been making wine since 1869. Cameron has served the community firstly as board member and chairman of the Barossa Co-op, board member of Foundation Barossa.

Rob worked as a winemaker at Penfolds for 22 years before setting up Gibson Wines and his own international consultancy in 1987.

Trevor is another Barossa veteran who established the Wine Industry Training program for TAFESA before re-establishing winemaking at his historic Heathvale property. 

Grand Master, Stephen Henschke, highlighted the accomplishments of the new Barons. “We have invited these five people into the Fraternity in recognition of their significant contributions to the Barossa, both in the wine industry and in support of the greater community,” he said.

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