FIVE new members have been inducted as Barons of Barossa, a wine fraternity in the region which aims to “proudly and enthusiastically support Barossa wine viticulture, gastronomy, heritage and the arts”. The new inductees include Winestate Winemaker of the Year (2016) Shavaughn Wells, Elderton winemaker Julie Ashmead, educator, viticulturist and winemaker Trevor March, viticulturist and winemaker Rob Gibson and co-managing director of Elderton Wines Cameron Ashmead. Membership to the prestigious group is for life and by invitation only, with Wells saying: “The night was a wonderful celebration of the Barossa region and to be recognised and inducted as a Baron of Barossa on such a night was a true honour. I’m humbled.” Wells has been making wines at Saltram Wines since 2005 and was recognised for her “outstanding contribution to the profile of the Barossa region in South Australia”. Barons of Barossa was founded in 1975 by a group of influential Barossa wine industry personalities. The group has a long philanthropic history and has initiated and funded numerous Barossa community projects. More recently the Barons launched the Barossa Cellar and cellared premium wine, which represent the very best of each Barossa vintage and will be used for national and international promotions.