James Halliday to join Barons of the Barossa
November 9, 2009
James Halliday is to be honoured by the Barons of the Barossa, a select wine fraternity that aims to promote the strengths, heritage and traditions of this acclaimed wine region and its people. Halliday and seven other inspiring Australians will be invited to join the Barons as recognition of their significant contribution to the Barossa.
The Barons, founded 35 years ago, are now lead by Grand Master Stephen Henschke, along with well known Barossan identities including Master Colin Glaetzer, Chancellor Mal Whyatt, Honorary Vigneron Louisa Rose, Keeper of the Archives Peter John, Guardian of the Treasury Charlie Melton, Food Master Mark McNamara and Mace Bearer Aaron Penley.
According to Stephen Henschke, the aim of this benevolent organisation is to promote and foster the future of the Barossa; its wine, gastronomy and viticultural enterprises, while preserving important heritage and traditions. Each year the Barons don their colourful regalia and lead the parade through the streets of Tanunda to celebrate the vintage.
"The Barons have supported the Barossa community over many years and in October last year we launched two new charities, the Barons Foundation, which offers finance to the community annually in form of scholarships or sponsorships, and the Bruce Thiele Memorial Trust."
The Barons fraternity welcomed their new inductees as Barons at a dinner held at Maggie Beer’s Farm Function Centre on Saturday 7 November 2009. The theme of the evening was a celebration of food and wine from Four Corners of the Barossa with Baron Maggie Beer and her daughters Elli and Saskia producing stellar cuisine.
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