Our Sparkling Story
The Croser Sparkling story is rooted in the region, in handcrafting, and in a determination to create something extraordinary.
Croser Sparkling was created as it was believed that the right region in Australia could produce sparkling wine to rival Champagne. That region is the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills.
Founded by Brian Croser, the first vintage of Croser was released in 1985 as an extension of Petaluma Wines. The Croser Sparkling philosophy continues today starting in the vineyard where all the vines are hand pruned, the grapes handpicked, the fruit whole bunch pressed and the wines hand crafted in the traditional method.
It was crafted in the traditional method, as it was believed this to be the only method to make sparkling wines to rival Champagne as it created complexity of texture, flavour, bouquet and those tiny bubbles.
It wasn’t so long ago that the Adelaide Hills was almost untested for grape growing. However, the region’s similarities in climate to that of Champagne have proven it to be the ideal place to create an Australian sparkling wine to rival the world’s best.
Piccadilly is a remarkable valley to the east of Mount Lofty, the highest point of the Adelaide Hills. What attracted Croser to Piccadilly – the coolest and wettest in a series of valleys radiating away from Mount Lofty – was its suitability for growing elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A combination of adequate rainfall, a cool ripening season, diverse aspects and quite varied soil types – over some of the oldest rock formations on the earth’s surface – promised to deliver a subtle diversity of flavours from within the one valley.
In 1985, Petaluma made the first Croser Sparkling, an elegant wine expressing the Piccadilly Valley’s delicate fruit flavours. The vines have since matured, adding subtle flavour depth to the wines, but the style of Croser sparkling remains unchanged. It will always be an elegant wine driven by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in the Piccadilly Valley.
Ella Hoban is fast becoming someone to know in the Sparkling Winemaking game. She has worked vintages in Langhorne Creek, Napa Valley in the US and Montsant Valley in Spain. Concluding that some of the best Sparkling Wines came from Adelaide Hills, she returned home and has been building a reputation for creating delicate and complex sparklings using Traditional Method. Ella also participates in wine show judging, contributions to the Adelaide Hills Wine Show Committee and involvement in programs focussed on elevating women in the wine industry.