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2019 Barossa Young Ambassadors

The Young Ambassador Program hand picks 11 young adults to actively promote the Barossa and the Barossa Vintage Festival.

Since 1999, the program has continued the proud Barossa tradition of generational knowledge sharing, helping create the next generation of influential Barossans with a strong emphasis on food, wine and tourism.

The Young Ambassador Program equips ‘the next crop of Barossan leaders’ with the skills, knowledge, leadership and confidence to actively follow their chosen career path through experience gained from networking and community involvement. A rewarding program delivering exceptional life skills to the next generation.

The 2019 Young Ambassadors are: Claudia Fechner, Kate Graves, Melissa Helyar, Madeleine Hopgood, Lauren Hutton, Maegan Klingner, Rheanne Mann, Daisy Press, Jordan Pridham, Emily Schmidt and Kaitlyn Viergever.

The winner of the 2019 Young Ambassador program will be announced at The Vintage Ball (cocktail reception) at Seppeltsfield on Saturday, 27 April.

The Young Ambassador Program is not possible without the support of Clarke & Turner Travel Associates with Singapore Airlines and Peter Lehmann Wines.


Meet the Young Ambassadors



I study Tourism and Event Management at UniSA and work at Chateau Yaldara.

I currently live in Adelaide buthave spent my whole life growing up on a vineyard in Moculta. I joined the Ambassadors program as my career goal is to enter the festival side of event management and this was the perfect opportunity to gain experience and be involved in. I’m looking forward to the year ahead.

Claudia is on the Vintage Festival Ball committee.



I am from the small town of Rowland Flat and work in HR for Pernod Ricard Winemakers. What I love most about the Barossa Valley is the sense of community and the small town vibe.

What I hope to get out this program is to meet new people and form new relationships, build on my networks, ultimately learn more about the place I call home and be apart of our great Vintage Festival events!

Kate is on the Zigenmarkt committee.



I live in Moculta, a beautiful and very small town in the Barossa. I'm currently studying Tourism and Event Management at Uni and working at the Barossa Visitor Centre in Tanunda.

I love the Barossa's rich history, culture and traditions and its food and wine industry. I decided to do the Young Ambassador program to build on my knowledge of the region, network with like-minded individuals and to develop my professional skills.

Melissa is on the Barossa Scarecrows committee. 



I have lived in Lyndoch my entire life. I completed a Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management at University and have been working at Peter Lehmann Wines in the Cellar Door for 7 years.

I love the Barossa as it is  a wonderful place to live which has provided me with such great opportunities, including the Young Ambassadors Program. I decided to be a part of the Young Ambassadors Program to further develop my skills in the Tourism and Event Management field, while being involved in an important Barossa community tradition, the Barossa Vintage Festival.

Along the way I also hope to meet and better get to know amazing people within the Barossa community.

Madeleine is on The Parade committee.



I am a local - born and bred in the “Barossan" and proud to call our community "My home".  I am currently completing a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (which I love!) at Adelaide University.

I work part time for a local family owned business at Bethany Wines in the Cellar Door. I love the Barossa for our exceptional wine and glorious food but most of all is our rich community spirit.

I am very excited to be involved in the Young Ambassador Program to strengthen my knowledge of the barossa, support and understand local traditions and connect with my local Barossa community.

Lauren is on the Ziegenmarkt committee.



I’m Maegen Klingner and I live in Angaston. I just graduated high school at Nuriootpa High. I am hoping to do a vintage in the Barossa and then start uni mid year, studying psychology while I continue working at the Peter Lehmann Wines cellar door and dancing at Barossa dance co.

I love the Barossa because it is such a beautiful and safe place to live and has such a tight knit community.

I decided to become a Young Ambassador because it is such a good opportunity and experience to put your self out there to learn about the Barossa, different people, the Vintage Festival and more of what the Barossa is a about and experience new things. I also love meeting new people and the Young Ambassador program is a perfect way to do that.

Maegen is on the Vintage Festival Ball committee.



I live in the small town of Roseworthy. I am currently working in the office of the Hon. Stephan Knoll MP for the Schubert Electorate as an Office Assistant, as well as studying a Diploma of Government.

I love the amazing food and wine culture in the Barossa, people from all over the world come just to get a taste of what’s on our doorsteps. I decided to join the Young Ambassador program because I am enthusiastic to continue to learn about the region and develop a strong network.

Rehanne is on the Vintage Festival Ball committee.



I live in the picturesque town of Greenock.

I work at Barossa Distilling Company as the Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator as well as running a small business with my sister - Pressed Pantry.

What I love most about the Barossa is the sense of community, range of unique local produce and the growth in such a beautiful region

I have chosen to embark on the Young Ambassador program to engage more with the people, learn from their stories and share their experiences.

Daisy is on The Parade committee.



Hello everyone, my name is Jordon Pridham. I’d lived in the Barossa Valley for over ten years and I’ve spent most of that time in living in the gorgeous town known as Angaston.

Through my work at both Bean Addiction as a Coffee Roaster and Barossa Distilling as a Sales Member I’ve met so many people that have captured that amazing Barossa mindset that I adore. We live in a wonderful part of the world, filled with both natural beauty and stunning produce and I wake up happy every day to be here. I chose to apply to Young Ambassadors to become more entwined with our local communities, I wanted to get to know the people that make our home so unique and thanks to this program, I have!

Jordan is on the Zigenmarket committee.



I lived in the beautiful, Eden Valley.

I work at the Barossa Clothing Co, Barossa Super Snaps and run my own businesses being Barossa Beauty Bar and Love Em.

I love living in the Barossa Valley for its beautiful views, cute boutique shops, and the small township in which we live in.

I choose to become apart of the Young ambassadors program to be apart of the Barossa community.

Emily is on the Barossa Scarecrows committee.



I am currently studying Commerce at Adelaide Uni and working part-time at Penfolds Cellar Door.

I love getting asked the question “So, where are you from?”. I enthusiastically answer that I am a born and bred Barossan and come from the same place as not just world-renowned wines and delicious produce, but passionate and remarkable people.

I decided to do the Ambassador Program to not just learn more about the place I call home, but to immerse myself behind the scenes of the Vintage Festival.

Kaitlyn is on The Parade committee.

2019 YABS Supported By

Peter Lehmann

Major Festival Partners