We have our winery back
The low lying land at the bottom of The Tiers Vineyard in the centre of the Piccadilly Valley was the logical location for the Petaluma Winery in 1978.
The very functional winery is hidden away from the public gaze and it does not occupy any of the wonderful terroir of The Tiers Vineyard.
Time brings change and the winery and its barrel sheds grew with Petaluma until the takeover of the company in 2001.
Even though Petaluma retained the winery, it is surrounded by the Croser family's Tiers Vineyard and is overlooked by Brian and Ann’s family home.
After protracted negotiations, in 2006 Petaluma agreed to sell the winery back to the Croser family in anticipation of building a new Petaluma winery somewhere else in the Adelaide Hills. In the meantime The Croser family leased the winery back to Petaluma and continued to make Tapanappa wines in the winery with Petaluma’s cooperation. Petaluma had anticipated building its new winery within 2 or 3 years but delayed these plans for a further 6 years.
Finally in December 2014 the Petaluma lease expired and Tapanappa took control of the winery in time for the 2015 vintage.
Petaluma’s former Chief Winemaker, Con Moshos (pictured) returned to control of his old cellar as Managing Winemaker, assisting Brian in the crafting of Tapanappa wines and Xavier for Terre a Terre wines.
For Brian it has been the restarting of a long journey with the purchase of a new Wilmess grape press and the renovation of the superbly practical and durable winery back to the fastidious standards required to convert Tapanappa’s distinguished site grapes into some of Australia’s finest wines, “pure expressions of their unique terroirs.”
We are very proud of Tapanappa Winery and for the first time in its nearly 40-year history we have made the decision to open a Cellar Door at the winery site. The winery and cellar door are managed by Sam, who will welcome you to taste current releases from our three distinguished sites and offer the privilege of tasting some older vintages.