Five personalities who each contributed significantly to the region’s profile as a premium wine destination have been inducted into the Barons of Barossa.
A ceremony was held at Lambert Estate Winery on Sunday to welcome the latest additions:
Chris Hatcher has lived and worked as a winemaker in the Barossa Valley for the last 42 years.
On completion of a Science Degree at the University of Adelaide he joined Kaiser Stuhl and studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University.
After holding senior winemaking positions at Kaiser Stuhl and Orlando, Chris joined Wolf Blass Wines in 1987 and has led the winemaking team as the chief winemaker for the last 20 years.
Ian’s Barossa journey began in 1973 after his father, John, changed from a career in brewing to become general manager of Dalgety Wine Estates.
As a young lad Ian was fascinated by the vintages at Saltram.
He completed his winemaking degree at Roseworthy followed by positions at Penfolds and Cranwick Estate in Griffith, NSW, where he met his wife Daniela.
In 1998 Ian returned to the Barossa and joined Peter Lehmann Wines and has been involved in the last 18 vintages.
In 2009 Fiona accepted the role of senior winemaker at the historic Seppeltsfield Winery and has been part of the resurrection of the Gravity Flow Winery, working alongside Warren Randall and the Seppeltsfield team.
Fiona’s contributions to the wine industry and the Barossa Valley include judging at various regional and capital city wine shows over the last 15 years and serving on various committees.
Steve has been a passionate advocate for the Barossa in his business travels, using every opportunity to highlight the place he loves, the produce and the lifestyle we all cherish.
Some community/business activity highlights are Angaston Primary school governing council, Angaston football club sponsorship sub-committee Chair, Angaston Main Street/Community and Business Alliance and Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia state executive and other industry representation.
John is a sixth generation Barossan.
Hutton Vale Farm, home to John and his family, is part of the original Angas land holdings.
John leads the agricultural pursuits on Hutton Vale Farm with wife Jan and has endured and embraced many changes over the decades.
John has served on many boards.