Family business acquires Woodside site in Adelaide Hills from Accolade

October 8, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

Woodside Adelaide Hills, where Petaluma and Croser wines were previously made, has been acquired by third generation South Australian family business, Torresan Estate.

All winemaking of Petaluma and Croser has moved to Accolade Wines’ Tintara facility, while Torresan Estate, Adelaide Hills will continue to work with Accolade to bottle and mature two of its globally renowned brands, Croser and House of Arras at Woodside.

Director of Torresan Estate, Andrew Torresan, says the purchase is an opportunity the contract bottling business to grow and to support local South Australian winemakers to bottle sparkling wines using traditional methods.

“We are delighted with the acquisition and, as a family with a deep intergenerational engagement in the South Australian wine sector, we have a genuine appreciation of the Petaluma site and its place in the state’s winemaking heritage and history,” Mr Torresan says.

“We are also looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Accolade Wines, a company with a strong tradition in this region and one recognised globally for fine wines from around the world.”

The Petaluma Winery Cellar Door will remain onsite for the long term as part of the transaction.

CEO of Accolade Wines, Robert Foye says, “We have seen an increase in global demand for wines, including Petaluma and Croser, and we are working with our world-class winemakers and partners like Torresan to continue to support the growth of these brands.

“We’re committed to South Australia and proud of our heritage in the region from McLaren Vale, the birthplace of Accolade Wines, to our state-of-the-art facilities in Tintara to the Barossa, Coonawarra and Adelaide Hills.

“In collaboration with Torresan Estate, we will continue operating the Petaluma Cellar Door from its current location, with further enhancement to customer experiences planned, and

Accolade Wines will also retain its Sunmmertown and Mount Barker vineyards in the Adelaide Hills.

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