The Barons of Barossa declare the 2017 vintage

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It rained on our parade, but didn’t dampen spirits, as we declared the 2017 vintage on Sunday morning.

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2016 Barossa Wine Show

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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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Preserving Barossa Food Culture

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The much anticipated Learning Resources Package was launched at Tasting Australia on Saturday May 7 in the Food Village, Victoria Square Adelaide.

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2016 Declaration of Vintage

Thursday, February 25, 2016

This day 12 months ago we were here looking towards vintage 2015. It looked like it would be pretty good - we had had some rain, and the healthy vines were moving along quickly.

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Declaration of Vintage - Tanunda

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Steve Lienert is Barossa born and bred. He was immersed in "wine country" and fast became an oenophile and followed his father into the wine industry in 1978.

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Vintage Barossa

Friday, February 12, 2016

2015 Barossa Wine Show

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Barons of Barossa Trophy

The Chairman's Selection for the Barossa Grand Cellar

Exhibit 67 Class 10 Hentley Farm 2013"The Beast" shiraz

Baron Aaron Penley (L) presents the Barons Trophy to winning winemaker Andrew Quin, Hentley Farm.

The Trophy was produced at the Jam Factory Seppeltsfield and is hand blown glass.

Masters of Wine Dinner

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Jacobs Creek
Saturday evening 10/10/15

The Barons of Barossa induct Dr Josef (Pepi) Schuller MV into the Wine Fraternity, Barons of Barossa.

From L Barons Grant Burge and Mal Whyatt, Dr Josef Schuller and now Baron, Grand Master Stephen Henschke and Barons Colin Glaetzer and Peter John.

The Barossa Wine Fraternity welcomes 3 Barossa ambassadors

Thursday, April 16, 2015

On 16 April 2015, the Barossa Wine Fraternity named PETER GAGO, TYSON STELZER AND GRANT DICKSON as Barons of Barossa. The induction ceremony took place at the Barossa Grand Cellar Dinner, part of the 2015 Barossa Vintage Festival, that featured a significant tasting of more than 25 wines that were to be on the block for the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction the following day.

From left, grant Dickson, Tyson Stelzer, Peter Gago.

Stephen Henschke noted that these three men have made significant contributions to the Barossa's reputation as one of the world's great wine regions and have been staunch advocates throughout their careers.

Peter Gago is perhaps one of the best-­"known winemakers in the world. An author and in demand speaker, he travels constantly as Penfolds chief ambassador.

"I'm incredibly proud to be anointed as a Baron of Barossa - to help represent a region which continues to play a critical role in the global advancement and appreciation of South Australian wine," says Peter.

"In the footsteps of Jeffrey Penfold-­Hyland, Max Schubert, Dr Ray Beckwith & John Duval from the Penfolds stable, I'm delighted to be welcomed into this proud fraternity, who support and champion the very best that the Barossa has to offer."

Another global ambassador for the region, Tyson Stelzer is a highly regarded wine journalist. He wrote the Barossa Wine Traveller among a host of other books, has written for many wine magazines in Australia and overseas and has just been named the 2015 International Wine and Spirit Communicator of the Year.

He says, "œAs a 6th generation descendent of one of the early settlers of Bethany, I have always felt at home in the Barossa. Now it's official! What an honour!"

Co-­"owner of the highly acclaimed fermentAsian restaurant and the creator of its now iconic winelist, Grant Dickson was formerly the wholesale manager for Rockford Wines and was a force in putting Rockford and the Barossa on the best wine lists in Australia.

Grant says, "œThe Barossa's real wealth is in the depth of its great characters who, with both wisdom and vision, never give up the quest of celebrating the inherent goodness of this place, but always in a spirit of profound humility."

"œMy Vietnamese wife and I as well as her non-­"English speaking family have been made to feel incredibly welcome. I am so flattered and humbled that the community of Barons have asked me to become one of their number. This was an honour that I never saw coming!"

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Barons of Barossa declare the 2015 vintage

Friday, February 20, 2015

On a sweltering 40 degree day, the wine fraternity Barons of Barossa carried on their tradition to Declare the 2015 Barossa Vintage. After Pastor David Gogoll presided over the blessing of the grapes in the historic Tabor Church, the Tanunda Town Band led the traditionally robed members of the wine fraternity to the Rotunda. The celebration continued with a ceremony that included the announcement of the Barossa winemaker and vigneron of the year.

Ben Radford was named 2015 Barossa Winemaker of the Year. Ben was born and bred in the Barossa and has had considerable winemaking experiences in Europe and South Africa. Now Winemaker and Managing Director at Rockford Wines, Ben is celebrating his tenth vintage with this iconic Barossa winery. He said, "œI have had two great mentors in Jim Irvine and Robert O'Callaghan and hope that, in the future, I too can be a mentor to the next generation of the Barossa."

The 2015 Barossa Vigneron of the Year is John Kalleske. A 6th generation Barossan, John has never used any chemicals in his vineyard and has been a constant advocate for biodynamic farming throughout his career.

L to R services to the Industry Award winner James Nitschke, Vigneron of the Year John Kalleske, Winemaker of the Year Ben Radford.

2015 Vintage Forecast

In her forecast of the 2015 vintage, Louisa Rose said, "œHarvest has started in many varieties on the Barossa floor, and also in the Eden Valley, and it is coming in quickly! Whites are showing delicate flavours and lovely natural acidity, and reds strong colours and rich flavours.

"œThe forecast for the next week looks perfect for ripening, and if this continues vintage will keep going at a lively pace, grape growers and winemakers will be sleep deprived, but the result will be that 2015 is remembered as a great Barossa Valley and Eden Valley vintage."

The late Herman Thumm was honoured with a plaque to be placed on the Barons Wine Walk of Fame, honouring a late Baron who has made a major contribution to the Barossa. Representing the family, his son Dieter said, "œHT survived many hardships overseas before coming to Australia. During the war, he was confined in an internment camp in the Riverland but he was unstoppable; he even made sparkling wine in the space under the floorboards of his barracks!"

James March, CEO of the BGWA, announced Jamie Nietschke as the recipient of the "œServices to Industry" Award.

L to R Colin Glaetzer and Dieter Thumm, son of past Baron Hermann Thumm, unveil the plaque.