The Bruce Thiele Memorial Trust

The Bruce Thiele Memorial Trust was established in 2008 in honour of the late Grand Master Bruce Thiele.

The Trust is ATO registered, accountants are Tilbrook Rasheed and legal direction is given by lawyers Thomson Playford and Cutler.


To provide funding and sponsorships for research in oenology and viticulture projects that will benefit the Barossa.


The Trust is supported by generous donations from the Barons membership, corporations and the community. All donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible and donors receive acknowledgement for taxation purposes.


The Trust is administered by a Board of Trustees who are charged with corporate governance responsibilities and in accordance with the Deed of Trust.

Current project

The 2012/13 grant was awarded to a research team at the Adelaide University for the Barossa Old Vine Shiraz project. Four Barossa vineyards were selected and extensive testing and measurements are being conducted in laboratories at the university. 33 individual wines produced from the sites have been fermented to dryness and racked prior to bottling. In June the wines were subjected to a comprehensive series of tests and pruning weights recorded. The current project will run over three vintages.

Next call

2016. Watch for announcements on this site and in local Barossa newspapers. The 2016 terms and conditions will be outlined to assist in application preparation.