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Barons of Barossa welcome new members

The Barons of Barossa inducted seven new members into their prestigious Wine Fraternity at a Black Tie Induction Dinner on 20 October. They join an elite list of Barossa and South Australian identities that have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the Barossa’s wine industry, culture and community well being.

The successful Induction Dinner had a family theme, with five courses matched to exemplary Barossa wines made by Barons and their children. Baron Peter Lehmann and sons David (David franz Wines) and Phillip (Yalumba), Baron Colin Glaetzer and son (and Baron) Ben, Baron Jim Irvine and daughter Joanne (Irvine) and Baron Stephen Henschke with son Johann (Henschke) provided wines for the dinner. Continuing the theme, the menu was created specifically to match the wines by Saskia and Elli Beer (Barossa Farm Produce), daughters of Baron Maggie Beer.

The newest Barons are Andrew Wigan, Jan Angas, Charlie Melton, Adrian Hoffmann and Hans Haan. Inducted as Barons Companions were Valmai Hankel and Peter Simic.

Andrew Wigan has been the chef winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines since its founding by Peter Lehmann (Peter was of the founding Barons in 1973). Along with numerous international and Australian wine awards, Peter Lehmann Wines under Andrew’s winemaking leadership has twice been named International Winemaker of the Year.

Jan Angas is a leader in the preservation of the Barossa’s food culture, a foundation member of Food Barossa, the Barossa Farmers Market and the South Australian Regional Food Coop. She also takes an active role in the community arts scene and represents the region on state and national Arts Boards.

Charlie Melton began his winemaking experience with Peter Lehmann and Andrew Wigan before starting Charles Melton Wines. Charlie has been a finalist in the Australian Winemaker of the Year Award and is consistently acknowledged as a leader in the resurgence of the Barossa as the pre-eminent wine region of Australia.

Adrian Hoffmann is the youngest person to be inducted as a Baron of Barossa. A fifth generation Barossa grape grower, he was the inaugural Young Ambassador for the Barossa in 1999, a member of the organising committee for the Barossa Vintage Festival since 2001 and chair of the Festival in 2007. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Barossa Young Viticulturist Fellowship in 2006.

Hans Haan arrived in the Barossa in 1995 and enthusiastically embraced Barossa life, with his wines winning many prestigious international awards. Hans is a member of the historic Tanunda Liedertafel as well as a swath of international wine and food societies.

Valmai Hankel is largely responsible for the S.A. State Library’s collection of wine literature and has been writing about wine and in particular Barossa wine in various publications for decades. She has been named as a Companion of the Barossa of Barossa.

Peter Simic founded Winestate 29 years ago and has been a vocal supporter of Barossa wines since that time. Peter has also been named as a Companion.

For complete biographies of the new Inductees and all Barons, please visit www.baronsofbarossa.com



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