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About the Adjudication Panel – Barossa

About the Adjudication Panel

The adjudication panel meets in April each year to assess new applications, and award the new Barossa Trust Marks for the year.


Paul HenryPaul Henry

Paul Henry has over 15 years’ experience in the international marketing of fine wine, occupying positions as diverse as importer, wholesaler, broadcaster and general manager of Wine Australia (a Commonwealth Government Statutory Authority).

Today, Paul is the founding director of wine strategy consultancy, Winehero Ltd.

Along with renowned chef Simon Bryant, Paul is also the creative director of Tasting Australia (Australia’s original food and wine festival) and in 2014 was appointed a Food & Wine Ambassador for South Australia.

As well as being a Len Evans Tutorial scholar, Paul has been recognized by Wine Communicators Australia as the International Wine Communicator of the Year, and has been a keynote speaker at Masters of Wine Conference (2010); Wine Fusion Asia (2011); Wine Vision, London (2013) and Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition (2014).


Bill GransburyBill Gransbury

Bill is a well-known and well-respected member of the Barossa community, who has been a GP in Angaston for over 30 years. He is passionate about improving community health and was recently the driving force behind the “Steps to better health – Barossa” project, researching and developing an app to match people’s health needs with services to meet those needs and improve their general health and wellbeing. He is a member of the Regional Heritage Group within the Barossa Council and the Angaston and Penrice Historical Society.

He sees the Barossa Trust Mark as an important recognition of products and experiences that meet the five pillars of origin, integrity, quality, environment and community; truly Barossan values. The Trust Mark is also a way for Barossa businesses to share their unique stories with visitors and consumers. In terms of measuring against the five pillars, Bill has most expertise in looking at how businesses seeking the Barossa Trust Mark support and build the Barossa community.

Bill has been on the Barossa Trust Mark Adjudication Panel since its inception in 2013. He holds the position of Local Community Member, who must be a respected member of the Barossa community, a current resident of the Barossa and have no direct involvement with the food, wine or tourism industries.


John SamartzisJohn Samartzis

John is a senior executive with extensive experience in leading retail and consumer organisations including David Jones and Myer.

John’s professional experience in the retail sector spans a number of decades, beginning at the grass roots as one of the first non graduates to be taken up on the Myer two year Graduate Management Program. He has worked in senior executive roles in retail for many years, including seven years as the Regional General Manager (South Australia and Western Australia) of David Jones.

John has been on the Barossa Trust Mark Adjudication Panel since its inception in 2013. He holds one of the positions of Expert Member, requiring a distinguished record of service to an industry other than tourism, wine or food, as well as no current financial or commercial interests in the Barossa.


Keith ConlonKeith Conlon

Keith has been on the Barossa Trust Mark Adjudication Panel since 2014 in the position of Expert Member; a role which requires a distinguished record of service to any industry as well as no current financial or commercial interests in the Barossa.

Keith’s contributions to the media and the broader community have led to a string of accolades including a South Australian Tourism Award for outstanding contribution by an individual, SA Great Tourism Award and admission to the South Australian Media Awards Hall of Fame.

In 2003 Keith was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to tourism and the community. He has also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Adelaide and been granted an Honorary Fellowship of the Planning Institute of Australia. His work over more than four decades as a current affairs journalist and radio and television host has included reporting on the changing fortunes of the Barossa Valley region. The inception of the Barossa Farmers Market – now a Barossa Trust Mark holder – stands out as a highlight.


Margaret LehmannMargaret Lehmann

Margaret might be best known for her long marriage to Barossa legend Peter Lehmann and involvement in the success of the iconic Barossa winery of the same name. However, Margaret’s contribution to the Barossa extends well beyond the winery and even the wine industry.

She was a founding member of the Barossa Region Residents’ Association, formed to protect the region’s productive agricultural land when it was endangered by the infamous vine pull, and has been at various times Chair of the Barossa Tourism Association, member of the Barossa Council and the Barossa Regional Economic Development Board.

At a State and National level, Margaret has been the South Australian representative to the first National Advisory Council to the ABC, Deputy Chair of the State Libraries’ Board, the South Australian representative to the Federal Task Force on Regional Development and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia.

Margaret has had a particularly strong involvement with developing and promoting Barossa regional foods and was the inaugural chair of Food Barossa and was instrumental in the development of Australia’s first legally accredited regional food branding system. This work became fundamental to the development of the criteria for the Barossa Trust Mark, particularly in the food category.

Margaret has been on the Barossa Trust Mark Adjudication Panel since its inception in 2013. She holds the position of Local Community Member, who must be both a respected member of the Barossa community and a current resident in the Barossa.