Barons of Barossa announce 2019 Winemaker and Viticulturist

At the traditional Declaration of Vintage in Tanunda

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Tim Smith Barossa Winemaker of 2019

Tim Smith Barossa Winemaker of 2019 [©Barons of the Barossa]

Ben Zander Barossa Viticulturist of 2019
Declaration of Vintage, Barossa Barons
Barons of the Barossa with Winemaker and Viticulturist of 2019


The wine fraternity Barons of Barossa have named Tim Smith as 2019 Barossa Winemaker of the Year and Ben Zander as 2019 Barossa Viticulturist of the Year at the traditional Declaration of Vintage held in Tanunda. 

The awards reflect the respect both men are held in by their peers.

Tim Smith said,  “I’m humbled to be chosen to be part of this lineage of truly great winemakers. I’m not a 4th or 5th generation Barossa winemaker. In fact, I’m only here because I fortuitously landed a vintage job at Yalumba 33 years ago, leading me on a completely unexpected and exciting path.”

Earning his Barossa pedigree over years of working alongside some of the region’s finest winemakers, he acknowledges their influence on his approach to winemaking; accessing great vineyards, timely picking, a light hand in the winery and a sensibility for tradition.  

“I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the greatest winemakers in the world here, all of who have been generous with their time and their knowledge.”

According to Tim, being part of the ‘handing down’ of experience, both locally and through his extensive travel, is all part of the continuum that is the unique Barossa culture.

Ben Zander, on the other hand, is a 4th generation Eden Valley grape grower managing the family mixed vineyard and grazing property as well as a contracting enterprise.

With a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture from Roseworthy and a long stint as S.A. Viticulturist for Pernod Ricard, he has first hand knowledge of what it takes to achieve best practice viticulture across all aspects of vineyard management.

He said, “There are numerous issues facing grape growers. It’s important for us to communicate with each other as we strive to understand and adapt to the current grape growing environment and adopt new principles for future sustainability.”

Ben’s father, Ian Zander, received the same award in 1992, an acknowledgement of the generational change occurring successfully in this region.


  • Barossa (including Eden Valley) (SA)

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