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 19/2/17.

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

We welcome and toast our new barons!

We named and inducted five well-known members of the Barossa Community as Barons of Barossa at The Barossa Cellar Grand Dinner held at Chateau Tanunda  on Thursday evening 20th of April.

Front from left: Cameron Ashmead, Shavaughan Wells, Rob Gibson, Trevor March, Julie Ashmead and Grand Master Stephen Henschke.

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.

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2016 Barossa Wine Show

The Barons of Barossa Trophy, The Chairman's Selection for The Barossa Cellar was awarded to Ian Hongell, Head Winemaker, Peter Lehmann Wines. The winning wine was the 2014 VSV Valley View Shiraz and was chosen by the Chairman of Judges as having the best aging potential. A parcel of this wine will be cellared in The Barossa Cellar. Ian accepted the Trophy which was a hand crafted block of mosaic glass depicting the Barossa Ranges.

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