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SA Premier Joins Lion Chairman and CEO to open Petaluma Winery in the Adelaide Hills

22 September 2015, Adelaide Hills: Lion today officially opened its new Petaluma Winery and Cellar Door in the Adelaide Hills, set on 30 hectares of land complete with an expansive view of Mount Lofty.

South Australian Premier, the Honourable Jay Weatherill MP, joined Lion Chairman, Sir Rod Eddington, and Lion CEO, Stuart Irvine, to toast the multi-million dollar investment with one of Petaluma’s flagship wines – vintage 2011 Croser.

Lion CEO Stuart Irvine said: “This is a really exciting time for premium wine and the Petaluma and Croser brands.  Our investment here in the Adelaide Hills will enable us to meet growing demand for our brands and build more over time, with our new Winery increasing our production capacity to 1.2 million bottles every year.

“We believe the increasing demand for premium products with great provenance in Asia is a big opportunity for the wine industry. Australia has some of the most iconic wine brands in the world and a picturesque landscape from which they are crafted. With a concerted effort to promote Australia as a quality, premium wine producer, and with the benefit of recently signed free trade agreements with China, Korea and Japan, the wine industry has a unique opportunity to shape its destiny and deliver long-term, sustainable growth in premium segments.”

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said: “South Australia has a growing reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the world, and with a focus on premium wines, produced in our pristine environment, we can build a sustainable and internationally competitive wine industry.

“We welcome Lion’s continued investment in the state through the new Petaluma Winery and Cellar Door, and will continue to work with growers and producers to build a stronger food and wine sector in South Australia.”

Petaluma’s Head Winemaker Andrew Hardy said visitors would be able to get closer to Petaluma’s winemaking than ever before.

“Our new Winery and Cellar Door will make a fantastic addition to South Australia’s vibrant tourism industry, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to explore our vineyards and, of course, taste our wines. It will also be much more convenient to have winemaking, bottling and warehousing together in one location.

“We are proud to be able to craft Croser sparkling wines with the same method used in the Champagne region of France, and our guests will be able to see how the combination of our great vineyard selection and the use of Methode Traditionelle creates sparkling wines that rival Champagne.”

When asked to pick a favourite, Mr Hardy hesitated.

“That’s a hard question! They are all great of course, but if you had to choose one I would recommend the Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling – it is Langton Classified and perfect to enjoy upon release or, if you have the patience, it can be cellared for over 10 years.”

Petaluma’s Cellar Door is open to visitors for wine tastings four days a week from Friday to Monday. To find out more about the premium brands crafted and sold at the Petaluma Winery please visit www.petaluma.com.au.


Founded in 1976, Petaluma crafts ultra-premium wines by carefully selecting the best sites within a particular region that are suited to a chosen variety. This is Petaluma’s 'distinguished vineyards' philosophy and this pioneering attitude towards responsive and instinctive viticulture and winemaking is as uncompromising today as it was more than 35 years ago.

Petaluma has unlocked the great potential of Riesling from the Hanlin Hill Vineyard in Clare, pioneered the Piccadilly Valley and Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills and cemented the pedigree of the Evans Vineyard in Coonawarra, South Australia.


Lion is a leading beverage and food company with a portfolio that includes many of our region’s favourite brands. We employ more than 7,000 people across Australia and New Zealand and take great pride in our local manufacturing footprint, which spans 34 sites – including large breweries, craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, dairy farms, milk, cheese, yoghurt and juice sites as well as venues and over 39 Liquor King retail outlets in New Zealand.

We have a strong connection to South Australia through the West End Brewery, our milk processing operations in Salisbury and our wineries St Hallett in the Barossa Valley, Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills and Knappstein in the Clare Valley.

We currently employ approximately 518 people in South Australia and are an integral component of the state’s agricultural, retail, hospitality and tourism industries – making an estimated $299 million contribution to the state economy every year2.


Leela Gantman, External Relations Director
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Will Cullen, External Relations Manager
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