Barossa Winemaker of the Year

Anyone is welcome to nominate someone for Barossa Winemaker of the Year who they feel embodies the following criteria.

To download the criteria click here for pdf and click here for word doc. Nomination forms are available via the links at the bottom of this page.

Definition of a Barossa Winemaker

  • A currently practicing winemaker
  • A commercial producer of wine in the Barossa
  • A winemaker who primarily utilises Barossa grapes

Selection Criteria

Includes any combination of the following:

  • Has made a positive contribution to the Barossa wine industry
  • Adheres to quality standards to produce Barossa wines of excellence
  • Has been recognised at domestic and/or international wine shows/exhibitions, has received winemaking awards or other recognition
  • Produces wine that exhibits and respects the regionality of Barossa grapes
  • Generously shares their knowledge on an informal or formal basis with others in the region
  • Actively contributes to the Barossa community

Annual Selection Process

Selection panel may be drawn from:

  • Barons of Barossa
  • Barossa Grape & Wine Association
  • Independent suitably qualified people nominated at the Barons of Barossa discretion

Nominated winemaker to be made aware of his/her responsibilities prior to acceptance

Award Presentation

Presentation at Declaration of Vintage (3rd Sunday in February)
Presented to the individual winemaker, not to his/her company

Responsibilities of the Barossa Winemaker of the Year

  • To participate in the promotion of the Barossa and The Barossa Cellar (as possible) when requested by the Barons of Barossa or Barossa Grape & Wine Association Executive (this may include attendance at special tastings, assist with/host visiting media, trade and VIPs)
  • To host or assist with the annual Barons First Taste of Vintage
  • To attend the following year’s Declaration of Vintage and participate in the recognition of that year’s recipient

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