The wine fraternity Barons of Barossa has named Richard Langford the 2018 Barossa
Winemaker of the Year and Daniel Falkenberg the 2018 Barossa Viticulturist of the
Year at the annual Declaration of Vintage.
The choice of these two quiet achievers reflect the region’s stance – respecting the
traditions and practices that the Barossa has been known for but at the same time,
incorporating both natural and technological management of vineyards.
Langford has been the winemaker at Elderton Wines since 2003 and has elevated their
wines to a new level, winning an array of trophies and sky-high scores from the industry’s luminaries.
“Viticulture is a constant evolution of practice and each generation has to work with different and new conditions”
With vineyards across the breadth of the Barossa, his aim is to ensure that
every wine shouts their terroir and variety.
“I’m humbled to be chosen to be part of this remarkable lineage of truly great winemakers,” Langford said.
“The Barossa has a greater diversity than most regions, renowned for both red and white wines.”
“And with over 160 years of winemaking in the region, it has a deep-seated camaraderie across the industry and a time-tested commitment to quality,” he added.
Falkenberg is the viticulture manager at Eden Hall Wines.
A generational Barossa grower, he has a wealth of traditional knowledge at hand that he accesses along with natural environmental practices and the application of new technologies as part of his adaptive management program.
“Viticulture is a constant evolution of practice and each generation has to work
with different and new conditions,” Falkenberg said.