Loosely translated from the local Aboriginal language to mean “stick to the path”, Tapanappa is a partnership between two of the world’s greatest winegrowing families; the Bizots of Champagne Bollinger and the Crosers formerly of Petaluma. Managed by Brian Croser’s daughter Lucy and son-in-law Xavier Bizot, Tapanappa produces only a limited quantity of fine, terroir-driven Australian wines each year.
Tapanappa produces wines under exacting conditions from only three specific vineyard sites, each remarkable for their individuality.
The Tiers vineyard in Piccadilly Valley was planted by the Croser family in 1979. It was one of the first Chardonnay sites in South Australia and is a genuine ‘homoclime’ – of similar climatic conditions - of Burgundy. It is called Tiers after the original pioneer name for the central Adelaide Hills in 1836.
The Foggy Hill vineyard sits on the slopes of the Fleurieu Peninsula which are ideal for encouraging development of the exotic aromatic and ethereal qualities of Pinot Noir.
The Whalebone Vineyard in Wrattonbully is so called due to the discovery of a 35 million year old whale skeleton in a limestone cave beneath the vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Shiraz and Merlot all thrive in the Whalebone vineyard, producing complex wines with perfect structure.