South Aussie Family Business Takes Over Iconic Woodside Winery
From October 8, Woodside Adelaide Hills, where Petaluma and Croser wines were previously made, will be in the hands of Torresan Estate, a third-generation South Australian family business which has taken over the property and its bottling facilities from Accolade Wines.
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. The Petaluma brand will remain in the hands of Accolade Wines.
Torresan family spokesperson, Andrew Torresan, says the purchase will also provide Torresan Estate the opportunity to grow its business and 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,” 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, and Torresan Estate is working closely and transparently with Accolade Wines and its employees in preparation for transition and handover.
CEO of Accolade Wines, Robert Foye says he is delighted to partner with a South Australian family business of the calibre of Torresan Estate, to continue to deliver some of the state’s finest wines to the world.
“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,” Foye says.
“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 will retain our Adelaide Hills vineyards in Summertown and Mount Barker.”
The move represents an exciting expansion of the Torresan family business in bottling, packaging, and wine storage, and will open new opportunities for local winemakers to access the company’s expertise.
“We see a real future for the Woodside site in contract packaging of sparkling wines, supporting the excellence and innovation of South Australian winemakers,” Torresan says.
For more information please contact: Andrew Torresan on tel: +61 8 83239500