The wine fraternity Barons of Barossa was founded in 1975 by a group of well-known Barossa wine industry personalities. George Kolarovich (Barossa Co-operative, Kaiser Stuhl) was elected as the first Grand Master. Other founding Barons were Wyndham Hill-Smith (Yalumba), Colin Gramp (Orlando), Bill Seppelt (Seppelts), Sir Condor Laucke, Bruce Hoffmann, Peter Lehmann and Cyril Henschke.
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. New Barons are inducted into the Fraternity in a colourful ceremony and membership is for life.
The focus of the Barons of Barossa has remained unchanged since its foundation and it continues to proudly and enthusiastically support Barossa wine, viticulture, gastronomy, heritage and the arts.
The Barons have a long philanthropic history and have initiated and funded numerous Barossa community projects. The Barons provisioned a specialist wine library at the Roseworthy Agriculture College and researched and published the book "Vineyards of the Empire" which is still recognised as a definitive history of the Barossa wine industry. In more recent times the Fraternity has established the Barons Foundation and the Bruce Thiele Memorial Trust, both of which provide funding annually allocated for significant community projects.
The Barons of Barossa launched The Barossa Cellar for the collection and preservation of the very best wines of each Barossa vintage. This collection, curated by a winemakers panel, is cellared for a minimum of ten years to be used for national and international promotions.
Today the Barons of Barossa are a recognised part of the fabric of Barossa culture and continue to play an important philanthropic and symbolic role.
The Barons' motto is "Glory to Barossa".