Petaluma was founded in 1976 on the simple belief that to make the best wine, you must plant the right grape varieties in the right regions. This is our 'distinguished vineyards' philosophy. Cabernet from Coonawarra, Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills and Riesling from the Clare Valley remain the basis of the Petaluma range to this day.
We go beyond simply choosing the right region for the right grape variety; we select the individual site that will deliver the best possible outcome. All Petaluma sites have been meticulously chosen based on their aspect, soil, drainage and rainfall to ensure ultimate site expression with minimal inputs.
We tend our vineyards by hand, which is the only way to ensure optimum quality in varied terrain. This approach to picking and pruning is evident in all Petaluma’s finished wines.
Control of yield is also integral to our approach. Few farmers will willingly dispose of their crop, but regular crop thinning ensures consistent quality and intensity in Petaluma wines.
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. Our White Label wines offer an introduction to Petaluma, expressing the same regions in wines that are more approachable in their youth.
The Petaluma Project Co range is their avenue to express this innovation in limited release wines showcasing alternative varieties and different production techniques.
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 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.
Our viticultural and winemaking team has over 30 years experience and a deep understanding of our vineyards. They are the custodians of these vineyards and the grapes they produce.