Fiona and Daniel Habermann are sixth generation Barossa grape growers. Highly respected by their peers, they epitomise this region’s generational focus on sustainability and resilience.

 

Strong advocates of modern vineyard management techniques, they are both graduates of Barossa Grape & Wine’s Next Crop leadership program. Fiona was a member of the first Grape Barossa Committee under the BGWA and Daniel has been on the Committee for the past 6 years.

 

They have enthusiastically embraced best practice and sustainability initiatives, installing a solar sun farm, modifying existing practices of soil cultivation, growing and managing mid row cover crops and creating an annual mulch under-vine to help feed the soil and conserve soil moisture.

 

Their winery network now includes a small group of mid-sized winemakers, enabling them to manage the growth and production of individual blocks to winery needs and expectations. They have transitioned to truly be wine growers rather than simply grape growers.

 

Their 3 children, Jed, Ella and Bow, now well on their way to adulthood, learned farming first hand from an early age. When they were toddlers, it was a common sight to see Daniel or Fiona working the farm, with a baby strapped on their back.

The entire family is active in community activities, as is evidenced by the Wacky Bird scarecrow they created for the 2019 Vintage Festival, still flying on Basedow Road.

The Barons of Barossa are pleased to announce Fiona and Daniel Habermann as 2020 Viticulturists of the Year.