Blessing of first season's grape harvest falls February 16.

Select Barons of Barossa Troy Kalleske, Barbara Storey, Fiona Donald and Adrian Hoffmann join to discuss elements of this year's vintage.

Select Barons of Barossa Troy Kalleske, Barbara Storey, Fiona Donald and Adrian Hoffmann join to discuss elements of this year's vintage.

Barossa's unique wine fraternity - swathed in traditional colourful robes - once again emerge for the annual blessing and declaration of Barossa's first season's pick of grapes this Sunday, February 16.

The 35-year Declaration of Vintage event begins with the Blessing of the Grapes at Tabor Church, Murray Street, Tanunda.

The invitation to attend is extended to everyone.

A colourful street procession follows, involving music by Tanunda Band leading the way up Murray Street to the rotunda in Keil Memorial Garden, followed by young grape carriers, wine fraternity Barons of Barossa, plus winemakers and viticulturists.

An entourage of vintage vehicles will complete the scene.

A presentation will run to announce the Barossa Winemaker and Viticulturists of the Year - highlighting their unique services to region's wine industry.

Equally as important is the 2020 vintage forecast, made this year by Barossa vigneron Adrian Hoffmann, with grapes crushed in an original, 100-year-old hand-cranked press.

Those present are invited to taste the first juice of the vintage.

Day's Itinerary

  • 11am Blessing of the Grapes at Tabor Church
  • 11.30am Vintage Procession
  • 11.50am Declaration of Vintage

Barons of Barossa

The wine fraternity was founded in 1975.

Membership of the group is by invitation and is offered to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Barossa.