Selection Criteria and Conditions for
Barossa "Winemaker of the Year" Award

Definition of a Barossa Winemaker

  • One who produces wine in the Barossa
  • One who is a practising winemaker
  • One who puts emphasis on utilisation of premium Barossa grapes

Basis for Selection

Has demonstrated any combination of the following:

  • Produces and/or establishes technical quality standards;
  • Uses quality vinification methods to produce an end result of excellence;
  • Has excelled at domestic and international level in wine exhibitions, awards or other forms of recognition;
  • Produces wine which exhibits all the hallmarks of the unique Barossa style;
  • Has been involved in presentation at technical conferences;
  • Has made a positive  contribution to the Barossa Wine Industry; 
  • Has contributed innovative winemaking techniques.

Selection Panel

  • To consist of at least 5 members:
    • Barons of Barossa 
    • Barossa Grape & Wine Association 
    • Independent suitably qualified people nominated at the Barons’ discretion
  • The selection committee to be nominated and confirmed by the Grand Council by November of each year
  • A shortlist of candidates to be selected by the panel each year by December and the names and recommendation to be submitted to the Grand Council by the end of that month for consideration. The Grand Council to confirm the final selection.
  • The nominated winemaker to be made aware of his/her responsibilities prior to acceptance.

Presentation of the Award

This award will be presented to the Winemaker, not to his/her Company.

This award will be presented on the occasion of the Declaration of Vintage in February each year.

Responsibilities of the Recipient

  • To promote, generally Barossa Wines when called on at a mutually agreed time, by either the Barons or BGWA.
  • To assist in Promoting the Barossa when delegations visit the area.
  • To assist in the hosting of the year’s post vintage tasting

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