Barossa Winemaker of the Year, John Lewis – Newcastle Herald Apr 2014

CRAIG Stansborough, Grant Burge Wines’ chief winemaker, has been crowned Barossa Valley 2014 winemaker of the year.
The award, presented at this year’s colourful Barons of the Barossa Declaration of Vintage celebrations, came on the cusp of Craig’s 21st vintage. Craig is familiar with winemakingon a large andsmall scale. In addition to his day job with the big Grant Burge operation, in 2006 he and his mate Mark Slade established the Purple Hands boutique venture that this year was given a fivestar rating in James Halliday’s 2014 Australian Wine Companion.
The Barons celebration also saw father and son team Wayne and Scott Grope declared Viticulturists of the Year.  Wayne has completed more than 40 vintages, during which the family vineyards have quadrupled in area.  Scott joined his father in 2003 and together they have worked to make their vineyards more sustainable through improved soil management practices, minimum tillage, increasing permanent mid-row swards, under-vine mulching and soil moisture monitoring.
For a number of years they have been trialling various eutypa dieback control methods to try to get on top of what they believe is currently one of the biggest challenges facing Barossa winegrowers.  The Barons of Barossa is a wine fraternity founded in 1974 by a group of Barossa wine figures. George Kolarovich of the Kaiser Stuhl Barossa cooperative was elected first grand master.  Other founding barons were Wyndham Hill-Smith (Yalumba), Colin Gramp (Orlando), Bill Seppelt (Seppelts), Sir Condor Laucke, Bruce Hoffmann, Peter Lehmann and Cyril Henschke.