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.

Highlights

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.

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Declaration of Vintage 2019

The traditional Declaration of Vintage 2019, was held on Sunday 17 February, with Louisa Rose once again dusting off her crystal ball and reporting that "“Mother Nature willing, it should be another great Barossa and Eden Valley vintage." 

"A dry winter and spring, windy weather at flowering, and November frosts have combined and resulted in a variable and generally lower than average fruit set," Louisa said. "A hot and dry January has led to some stress – mostly among the people of the Barossa - but many vineyards have again shown how strong and resilient they are, coming through the month with good canopies ready to veraise and ripen their grapes in the cooler February and autumn, albeit with small berries. Vintage has just started for some, early quality, flavours, and colour looks exceptional although unsurprisingly crops are smaller than average.   If you are a believer that vintage timing follows Easter then we should be in for an even and steady harvest period."

During the ceremony, Barons of Barossa welcomed Dragan Radocaj, Victoria McClurg, Jamie Gladigau, Ben Radford, Stephen Mack and Jennie Mack into the fraternity.

Stephen Henschke said the Barons had been proudly supporting Barossa wine, viticulture, gastronomy, heritage and the arts in this region since 1975. "This year, we are thrilled to recognise the impact these six people have had on our region," he said.

This new intake of Barons acknowledges the contributions each person has made to the wider Barossa in the fields of photography, food, tourism, architecture and wine, bringing a dynamic new generation of community service to the fraternity. See Barons' profiles for more details.

The Barons also announced the 2019 Barossa Winemaker of the Year and the 2019 Barossa Viticulturist of the Year as Tim Smith and Ben Zander respectively.

Tim Smith said,  “I’m humbled to be chosen to be part of this lineage of truly great winemakers. I’m not a fourth or fifth generation Barossa winemaker. In fact, I’m only here because I fortuitously landed a vintage job at Yalumba 33 years ago, leading me on a completely unexpected and exciting path.”

Earning his Barossa pedigree over years of working alongside some of the region’s finest winemakers, he acknowledges their influence on his approach to winemaking; accessing great vineyards, timely picking, a light hand in the winery and a sensibility for tradition.  

“I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the greatest winemakers in the world here, all of who have been generous with their time and their knowledge.”

According to Tim, being part of the ‘handing down’ of experience, both locally and through his extensive travel, is all part of the continuum that is the unique Barossa culture.

Ben Zander, on the other hand, is a fourth generation Eden Valley grape grower managing the family mixed vineyard and grazing property as well as a contracting enterprise.

With a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture from Roseworthy and a long stint as SA Viticulturist for Pernod Ricard, he has first hand knowledge of what it takes to achieve best practice viticulture across all aspects of vineyard management.

He said, “There are numerous issues facing grape growers. It’s important for us to communicate with each other as we strive to understand and adapt to the current grape growing environment and adopt new principles for future sustainability.”

Ben’s father, Ian Zander, received the same award in 1992, an acknowledgement of the generational change occurring successfully in this region.

 

 

 

 

 

Louisa Rose, Honorary Vigneron, Barons of Barossa

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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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