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Sunday 16 February 2020

Recognition for Barossa wine stalwart

Stuart Bourne, a Barossa winemaking icon over the past two decades, was today named as 2020 Barossa Winemaker of The Year. 

Formerly of Barossa Valley Estates and then Chateau Tanunda, Bourne has spent the past five years at Soul Growers. 

The announcement was made at the annual Declaration of Vintage celebration held in Tanunda, and was presented by the Barons of Barossa fraternity. 

The award recognizes a winemaker who has made a significant contribution to the industry, producing wines that exhibit the regionality of Barossa grapes, and generously shares their knowledge with others. 

Former winemaker of the year and the Barons’ newly elected Grand Master, Louisa Rose, said: “Stuart Bourne is one of the great characters of the Barossa. He is a long-term thinker, always putting the region front and centre. 

"Since he arrived, he has embraced everything Barossa, with strong, positive contributions to the wine industry and to the greater Barossa community.”
“Some people say that gold medals make a winemaker, but to be recognised by your peers as Barossa Winemaker of the Year in Australia’s best wine region is truly the greatest accolade a Barossa winemaker can achieve,” he said. 

Managing Director of Soul Growers, Paul Heinicke was delighted to hear his colleague and friend had received such a prestigious honour. 

“Stuart is a true, genuine ambassador for the Barossa,” he said.

“He works tirelessly to promote the region, and his passion is infectious. He is a very worthy recipient of this award.”
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