In 1995, House of Arras was founded; the name ‘Arras’ means ‘rich tapestry’. House of Arras is Australia’s most awarded sparkling wine brand with over 96 trophies and more than 242 gold medals to date.
The House of Arras wines are a true expression of their origin and maker – a marriage of exceptional cold climate Tasmanian vineyards and uncompromising sparkling winemaking techniques that have been mastered over decades.
A marriage of exceptional cold climate Tasmanian vineyards and uncompromising sparkling winemaking techniques that have been mastered over decades.
The Arras wines do not come from a single region, or single vineyard, moreover Ed Carr and team choose to focus their attentions towards the south and east of the island. The Brut Elite takes its fruit that comes from vineyards in the north as well as the Upper Derwent and the east coast around the Swansea area. Ed says he likes the east coast Chardonnay because of its ‘supple feel and grapefruit citrus character’ as well as having the right structure that he looks for.
The best fruit from the best vineyards is separated out for the top cuvées before being transported to the Bay of Fires winery on Tasmania and/or Hardy’s Tintara winery by truck, for processing. Fining plays a part in constructing the final view of the cuvée desired, particularly when it comes to colour and tannin. House of Arras uses 100% malolactic fermentation in its winemaking, and the vintage blends are part fermented in oak, before then being aged, predominantly in new French oak barriques.
Ed moved from England to Australia in the 1960s. He studied chemistry and microbiology at school – unknowingly then, his ticket into the wine world. Starting in a winery lab in the McLaren Vale via a ferment problem that needed solving, Ed then learnt the ropes of sparkling wine production, under the mentorship of winemaker Norm Walker and later via Penfolds and Hardys.
From the early 1980s, Ed grasped the beauty of the cool climate regions known for their sparkling credentials and has never looked back. Today Ed is known for his trailblazing winemaking heart and soul, being the most decorated sparkling winemaker in the Southern Hemisphere, winning countless awards every year, and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships – the only non-Champenoise to win it.