Petaluma was founded in 1976 with the sole objective to produce ultra-premium wines by carefully selecting the best sites within a particular Australian region suited to a chosen variety. Petaluma’s ‘Distinguished Sites’ is an ‘Old World’ approach to winemaking.
The wines of Petaluma are a singular exploration of this founding belief, made from grapes grown in the Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills and the Clare Valley.
Petaluma is today considered as a crusader of modern Australian wines, with five star Halliday awards and Langton Classifications.
Through trial and building of expertise, Petaluma has evolved into a creator of exceptional cool climate wines. They are all hand-picked.
Petaluma is built upon the three regions of the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Coonawarra in South Australia and our carefully selected vineyard sites within them.
The wines from Adelaide Hills are shaped by the coolness of the region’s altitude, its changing seasons and the skill and passion of its winemakers. There were vines planted in the Adelaide Hills as early as the 1870s but due to the challenges of cool-climate viticulture in those early days, most vines were removed by the 1930s.
The rebirth of the Adelaide Hills region started in 1970s and gained pace with the rise in popularity of cool climate wines in the 1980s and 1990s.
Our top tier Yellow Label wines are made exclusively from grapes grown on vineyards directly controlled by us. The Petaluma team takes the ultimate attention to every detail to ensure only the finest fruit makes its way to the weigh bridge.
The resulting Yellow Label wines are true classics in both style and regionality, offering serious longevity in the cellar. The White Label wines offer an introduction to Petaluma, expressing the same regions in wines that are more approachable in their youth.
Fruit from all three regions is crushed, vinified, matured and bottled in our state-of-the-art winery in the Adelaide Hills, which is the beating heart of Petaluma.
Petaluma’s viticultural and winemaking team has over 30 years experience and a deep understanding of their vineyards and the grapes they produce. Teresa Heuzendoeder, another trained microbiologist, joined us earlier this year as Senior Winemaker and Manager for our Tintara winery, as well as for Petaluma and Croser. Teresa is well known within our closeknit industry and joins Accolade after 26 years at Yalumba. We look forward to her valuable and enthusiastic direction as she takes the Petaluma and Croser brands forwards.