The wine fraternity Barons of Barossa is a dynamic association of more than 90 men and women. Its focus remains unchanged since its inception in 1975 - To promote and foster the Barossa, its wine, viticulture and gastronomy, to help maintain the heritage, lifestyle and traditions of this great region.
The Barons of Barossa focuses on multiple aspects of the wine industry in the Barossa Valley.
The Barossa Cellar
Imagine a dimly lit, temperature controlled wine cellar, stacked with thousands of bottles of some of the most highly regarded Australian wines, all aged at least a decade before they are opened. Situated on the western side of the Barossa Ranges with sweeping views overlooking the Valley floor, The Barossa Cellar was opened in March 2020 and is home to the only regional wine repository in Australia, with wine all generously donated by Barossa winemakers.
Declaration of Vintage
Each year, on the third Sunday of February, the Barons come together in Tanunda to declare the vintage. This colourful event begins with the blessing of the first picked grapes in the historic Tabor Church, and continues with a colourful procession of Barons, in full ceremonial regalia, along the main street to Keil Garden. Here, the first grapes of the vintage are crushed and tasted, the Barossa Winemaker and Viticulturist of the Year are announced and the Vintage is Declared.
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.