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After leaving school in 1953, Bob began work with his Father in the family Blacksmith Shop at Sheaoak Log. He is a third generation of the family business which started in the early 1900's.

Set in a rural area he decided to spend time working on farms to apprentice himself to the needs of the rural areas. In 1958 he came back to the workshop with the task of changing the workshop from what it was to a steel fabricating business that would cater for the needs of the area.

The business grew under Bob's leadership, with a series of well executed expansion plans. The Company became a principal supplier of fabricated steel, grain silos, rural sheds, industrial and commercial buildings, servicing many different industries, the major of these being the wine industry.

The Company's rapid growth won it a place for five consecutive years in the Business Review Magazines 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies. Today the Company has a national focus with branches and work being carried out in every State and Territory in Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Bob has a keen taste for a glass of good wine and finds much pleasure in promoting the great flavours of our Barossa Wines.


Stefan Ahrens is a keen sportsman and a devoted family man who enjoys spending time with his wife Leanne and children Ellen and Riley as well as family and friends.

At the age of 25 Stefan took over the 4th generation family business as Managing Director. The business has now grown into the Ahrens Group employing over 200 staff with operations in South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania. The company is nationally focused with five main operating divisions. The company has been listed in BRW's top 100 fastest growing private companies for many years and is currently among the top 500 private companies in Australia.

In 2003 Stefan was named South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He has also been involved in various local, national and international Boards over the years and is currently Chairman of the Australian Steel Institute.

The Ahrens Group has recently purchased Kingsford, a magnificent National Trust homestead in the Barossa which they plan to renovate and restore to its former glory.

Stefan's latest project is to improve on his current reigning runner-up status to become the champion of the Bruce Thiele SA Pickled Onion competition at next year's Tanunda Show.


Neville was born in Bendigo, Victoria and educated in Melbourne and Rosebud. His family moved to Mildura but after the disastrous 1956 floods they moved to the Barossa. Neville's first love was music and it was in this area that he made an outstanding contribution to the Barossa. Neville's musical career commenced while he was in Melbourne when at the age of 10 started playing with the Malvern Band followed by the Preston and Mildura Bands.

In 1956 he joined the Tanunda Town Band as a player and held the position of Musical Director for many years. He is also a past member of the Preston and Mildura orchestras, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was a leading jazz trumpeter.

Whilst Musical Director of the Tanunda Town Band he led the Band in music competitions and promotional ventures to New Zealand, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and throughout Australia.

Neville has been a music teacher devoting many long hours to help develop young Barossa musicians. He has also personally contributed to many local events including the Barossa Vintage Festival and Melodie Nacht.


Brian is the son of the late Eric Louis Anders and great-grandson of Ernst Anders, who founded E Anders & Sons Pty Ltd, Agricultural Engineers and Manufacturers, Freeling, South Australia in 1865.

Brian was educated at Freeling Primary School, Gawler High School and Prince Alfred College. In 1967 he married Rosemarie Laucke of Greenock and they have two sons.

Member of the family Company 1965, Managing Director 1972 and Chairman of Directors 1982.

In 1978 the family group of companies diversified into the wine and spirit business and Brian was:

Managing Director of Andvin Pty Ltd

Chairman of Hoffman's North Para Wines Pty Ltd

Director and Secretary of Masterson Barossa Vignerons Pty Ltd

Established a $2m bulk stainless steel storage farm at Andvin Pty Ltd, 1979

Brian has also been very active in community organisations:

District Council of Freeling, 1968

Chairman of District Council of Light

Past Chairman of Freeling District Hospital Board

Member Freeling Oval Board and Freeling Institute

President of the Local Government Association of South Australia

Member of Australian Council of Local Government Associations

Represented Local Government on Road Safety Council of South Australia

Member of the Extractive Industries Committee of South Australia

Executive Member of the Mid North Local Government Association, 1970-1979

Vice President of Mid North Local Government Association, 1972-1973

President of Mid North Local Government Association, 1973-1974


Graham Lancelot George Anderson was born in Loxton, South Australia on 2nd October 1938, the son of a school teacher Lance Anderson and his wife Selma.

Educated at Pinkerton Plains (via Wasleys) and Sedan; Nuriootpa and Adelaide Boys High Schools; University of Adelaide; Adelaide Teachers' College; South Australian Institute of Technology, graduating Bachelor of Science 1960, Diploma of Secondary Education 1964, Graduate Diploma of Business Administration 1972.

Graham married Heather Margaret Scott in 1962. They have two daughters and one son.

Professional career

High school teacher, Nuriootpa High School, 1960-1963

Senior Chemist, Tarac, 1964-

Assistant General Manager, Tarac, 1972-1975

General Manager, Tarac Group of Companies, 1975-

Director, Tarac Industries Pty Ltd and subsidiaries since 1972

Director, North Para Environment Control Pty Ltd since 1975

Other activities

Deputy Chairman, Angaston District Council (member of various Council sub-committees)

Member of Council, The Australian Wine Research Institute

Member of Executive Committee, South Australian Wine & Brandy Producers' Association

Member of Technical sub-Committee, Australian Association of Wine & Brandy Producers' Association

Member of Brandy sub-Committee, Australian Association of Wine & Brandy Producers' Association

Member of North Para Water Resources Advisory Committee

Member of Board of Trustees, Barossa Valley Public Library

Member of Council, Gawler College of Further Education

Member of Advisory Committee, School of Chemical Technology, South Australian Institute of Technology


With a strong passion for wine and food, Jan fell into her Garden of Eden by marrying a Barossan, John Angas. It took some time for Jan to wheedle her way into traditional Barossa family kitchens but her perseverance led to her taking on the challenge to keep and build on our region's history with wood ovens, orchards and smokehouses.

Jan was instrumental, along with fellow foundation members Margaret Lehmann, Mark McNamara and Aaron Penley, in the creation of Food Barossa, the first regional food group in the state, which led the way for the formation of 12 regional food groups across South Australia and the Regional Food of SA Co-Operative, based in the Barossa.

Along with Hutton Vale, the 6th generation mixed farm run by John, Jan and their 3 children, Jan also runs Farm Follies as a means of value adding from their primary business. Jan has always believed in opening up the doors of historical Hutton Vale to share Barossa Life for special events including Tasting Australia, Barossa Slow, the University of Gastronomic Sciences visits, international, interstate and local visitors. She has staged special interest days at Hutton Vale with a personal and real approach that is the signature of the Barossa, including The Smokehouse, Sausage Making, Butchery Skills and Preserving, which have featured in books, magazines, DVD's, television and films.

In recognition of Jan's creative participation in the region's food culture, Jan was invited to attend Terra Madre, Slow Food's international conference in Italy.

Jan's passion for food and wine is matched by her commitment to the arts. Believing that art is the greatest instrument to measure community health and connected social structure, she has worked to make the arts accessible for all. Her Board and Committee commitments include Playing Australia, Country Arts of SA Regional Board, the Barossa International Music Festival Board, Angaston Town Day Committee, Leisure Options Working Committee, Barossa Arts and Convention Centre working group, The Barossa Arts Council and most recently SALA (South Australian Living Artists) with the Barossa being the focus region of the state for 2007. Jan has also been a driving force in the Barossa Arts Hub project.

Jan's passion for the culinary heritage of the Barossa and her hands on approach to the integration of food, wine, art to benefit the community make her an ideal Baron of the Barossa.


John is a 6th generation Barossan. Hutton Vale Farm, home to John and his family, is part of the original Angas land holdings.

174 years later, John leads the agricultural pursuits on Hutton Vale Farm and has endured and embraced many changes over the decades. He, with his wife Jan, have focused on value adding to their primary production and by also adopting a more sustainable farming system has been able to produce outstanding food and wine.

In keeping with his family tradition, John’s commitment to the local community remains strong and quiet. Over the years he has actively involved himself in:

Leisure Options,
Carer’s Link,
Angaston Park,
Barossa Farmers Market,
Town Committees
Special community education programs……the list goes on!

John is currently Chairing the Barossa Village Incorporated, and serving on The Barossa Council and its various sub committees.

His personal interests include, farming, motor bike riding, making things in his workshop, often of artistic merit, as well as spending time on the river in wooden boats surrounded by his family - especially 3 little grand daughters .


Michael Angelakis AM was born in Ceduna, SA and was educated at Ceduna and Woodville primary schools and the Findon High School.

Michael joined the family business in 1969 whilst studying Business Studies part time at the SA Institute of Technology. During this time he became involved with all aspects of the retail business and is credited with instigating the company's marketing arms specialising in importing and exporting products to Europe, the United States of America and Asia as well as establishing a national distribution network.

In 1985 Michael was appointed to his current position of Managing Director and in 1991/92 became a major shareholder and co-owner of the company. The company which Michael heads has a staff of 140 and a management team of 16.

Current Boards and Associations:

Seafood Council (SA) Ltd, Director Post Harvest, Board Member 2003 to present

Seafood Industry Development Steering Committee, Chairman 2003 to present

Premier's Food Council, Member 2003 to present, Sub-committee, Strategic Sector Development Working Committee

Australian Fisheries & Seafood Forum (Federal)

Member of the Order of Australia, appointed Australia Day 2003 for service to the development and promotion of the South Australian seafood, wine, food and tourism industries, and to the community through support for health and social welfare agencies.

Justice of the Peace, 1979 to present

Past Boards and Associations:

South Australian Tourism Commission, Board Member 1995-2002, SA Tourism Awards Judge on Board 1992 and 1993

South Australian Wine Tourism Advisory Board, Board Member 2002-2004

Seafood Industry Development Board, Primary Industries, Board Member 1997-2003

Australian Fisheries Academy, Board Member, 1998-2002

Seafood Council (SA) Ltd, Fishing Industry, Board Member, 1998-1999

SA Fishing Promotion Centre, Founding Chairman and Executive Chairman, 1980-1985

Australian Seafood Promotional Council, Executive Director, 1982-1985

Seafood Processors and Marketers Association of SA, Executive Member, 1986-present

SA Development Council, Aquaculture and Strategy Committee, Board Member 1995-1997

Lord Mayor's Advisory Forum, Forum Member, 1994-1997

Central Market Traders Association and Subsidiary Bodies, Member 1980-1992

Victoria Square Traders Association and Subsidiary Bodies, Member 1980-1992

Young Presidents' Association, Member 1985-1993


Michael has been actively involved in several radio talkback programs on ABC Radio and 5DN and is currently featured on 5AA.


Channel 9, "Out of the Blue" Executive Producer/Presenter, Seafood Cooking/Tourism/Lifestyle Show 2002-present

Cooking Segments:

Channel 9, "Adelaide Today" 1984-1998

Channel 7, "State Affair", Keith Martyn

ABC/Channel 2, cooking programme "Come and Get It" with Peter Russell-Clarke

ABC/Channel 2, "Consuming Passions", Ian Parmenter


The Advertiser, Adelaide, feature writer (current)

The Herald-Sun, Melbourne, feature writer


Alan was born in Prospect, South Australia on 13th September 1916, the son of Herbert F and Vera G Archer. He was educated at Primary School Pulteney Grammar, Junior and Senior School at St Peters College.

On leaving school he worked on the family fruit property at Renmark until the outbreak of war in 1939 during which he served in the RAAF as a pilot and attained the rank of Wing Commander. He is a foundation member of the Tanunda RSL.

After the war he and his wife returned to the Barossa and for three and a half years he was district representative for Caltex Oil Company, an occupation which necessitated regular and frequent calls on all wineries in the area, so forming many strong and lasting friendships in the industry.

It was during this period the District Community Christmas Tree and Party was inaugurated, an annual event held on the Nuriootpa Oval, and for sixteen years he performed as Father Christmas at this function.

In 1949 he moved to Adelaide to joint the All-British Motor House as Manager of Commercial Vehicle Division. He remained in the motor vehicle industry until the commencement of Chesser Cellars in 1964 which he managed for ten years organising regular wine tastings and promotions.

He was a Member of the Bacchus Club of Adelaide since 1949 and served for nine years on the Committee and was President in 1959.


Born near Liverpool, UK and is married to Glenda with two sons. Educated in England, graduating at the Liverpool University with a Degree in Industrial Chemistry.

David emigrated to Australia in 1967 and was employed at B Seppelt & Sons, Seppeltsfield before transferring to Great Western and then returning to the Barossa in 1974.

In 1976 he joined the Reynella/Hungerford Hill Wine Group, working in the Southern Vales and in the Hunter Valley.

He returned to the Barossa to work in winemaking with Saltram Wines in 1979 and several years later joined the Penfolds organisation in a senior technical capacity at the Penfolds/Kaiser Stuhl complex.

David has been a Member of the Jaycees in the Barossa Valley and an Apexian interstate.

He was Chairman of the Festival Finale Committee of the Vintage Festival Association 1981-1985 and became President of the Vintage Festival Association in 1987.


Stu took a circuitous route to winemaking, first completing a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Anatomy before completing his Agricultural Science degree in Oenology and Viticulture and smoothly moving into winemaking. He landed in the Barossa in 2002, as winemaker at Barossa Valley Estates.

He travelled extensively in both domestic and overseas markets, soon becoming one of our region’s most articulate advocates. He then took his skills to Chateau Tanunda, and in 2015, Stuart joined Soul Growers.

But it is his signature storytelling as much as his winemaking prowess resonates with consumers and fellow winemakers alike. Convinced that context is everything, he first talks about the region, its geology, geography, people, place and family.

Stuey believes that being a true Barossan is not about how many years or generations you’ve been here but instead where your heart lies.

His community contributions include the Wine Barossa Committee, Barossa Grounds presenter, guest lecturer and mentor and, infamously, master of ceremonies for the 2021 Barossa Wine Show dinner.

He is involved in the Angaston Junior Cricket, Football, Netball and Cricket Clubs and the Angaston Community and Business Alliance, has served on the Board of the Barossa Farmers Market and on the School Council of Good Sheppard.

A focused, intellectual winemaker who is a tireless promoter of the Barossa, his enthusiasm and passion are infectious.

Stu has three children and lives in Angaston with his partner Leonie Boothby.


Born in the UK, Matt attended Berkhamsted School, followed by business schools in London and Marseille.

After roles with Coca-Cola France and PepsiCo UK, Matt joined Thierry’s, the UK’s largest importer of French wines, responsible for a quarter of French wine sold in the UK. He helped build the business to an annual volume of five million cases from thirteen countries and more than seventy suppliers and he built an enviable reputation for blending, buying and selling some of the most popular wines enjoyed in the UK.

In 2006 Matt, his wife, Gina and son Finlay immigrated to the Clare Valley, where he looked after the global sales and marketing for Kirrihill Wines. He also realised his long-held dream of owning a vineyard, growing grapes and making wine. In 2009, Matt became General Manager of Château Tanunda. Now joined by daughter Megan, the family relocated to the Barossa, where he is currently Managing Director of Langmeil Winery.

Matt holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s Diploma with Honours in Wines and Spirits and has completed the AWRI Barossa Wine Assessment Training. He was a Senior Judge at the International Wine Challenge and has judged at the Barossa and Clare Valley Wine Shows.

A member of the Wine Barossa Committee from 2011 until 2016, Matt was its Chair and a Barossa Grape & Wine Association board member. He is a board member of Barossa Village Inc. and volunteers at Barossa District Football & Netball Club and Lyndoch Tennis Club. He even managed a few games for the Barossa Rams Rugby Club before common sense prevailed.

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