Bruce Thiele Baron of the BarossaIn 1980 Bruce Thiele the Promotions Manager for Orlando Wines established a Red Wine Club at the Rowland Flat Winery. He was known as the ultimate host, a passionate and knowledgeable wine lover and he possessed an enthusiasm that inspired people.

Bruce really became the public face of Orlando. In 1994 he was inducted as a Baron of the Barossa and went on to become the Grand Master. Sadly Bruce passed away in October of 2007.

His memory however continues as his loyal wine club members decided to keep the club going in his memory. The club still meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday to this day where we conduct master classes and experience a variety of local wineries.Bruce Thiele Founder

We are now based at the Lyndoch Hotel Red Room where we meet up to 6 times a year. We also venture away from our Home Base on other occasions and have enjoyed the hospitality of dozens of Barossa’s best over the years. This has included Dell’Uva, Lamberts, Rosenvale, Kies, Tscharke’s and many more. Since 2022 we have welcomed women into the club as guests and members.

Most events cost $60 for wine, a tasting exercise and a meal. Guests are very welcome.

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Bruce Thiele a consumate host