Bancroft Wines brings Australian producer Petaluma back to the UK

Bancroft Wines has branded the quality of top wine from Down Under “better than ever” after adding Australian producer Petaluma to its portfolio.

Petaluma makes wine from Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Coonawarra and was distributed in the UK by Bibendum until 2012.

Since then it has invested in a new winery in Adelaide Hills, where all winery operations now take place, and has been on the expansion trail, with a record harvest in 2016.

Neil McAndrew, managing director at Bancroft, said: “We have strong track record of working with top Australian brands and the iconic brand status of Petaluma perfectly complements our existing range. We believe the quality of top Aussie wine is currently better than ever.”

Petaluma was founded by Brian Croser in 1976 in a bid to produce ultra-premium wines by carefully selecting the best sites within a particular Australian region suited to a chosen variety, creating the concept of Petaluma’s Distinguished Sites.

Its range includes Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2015, Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2015, Evans Vineyard Coonawarra Cabernet 2012, B&V Vineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2014 and Single Vineyard Tiers Chardonnay 2013.

Andrew Hardy, a fifth generation member of the famous Australian winemaking family, joined in 1982, and he said: “We are really excited about being back in the UK marketplace and in the glasses of those who enjoy premium Australian wine.  We are looking forward to working with Bancroft and re-establishing Petaluma as one of the leading Australian wines in the market.”

He will join the Bancroft team at M Restaurant in London’s Victoria area on July 12 to present some of Petaluma’s wines to the trade.

David Murphy, head of purchasing at Bancroft Wines, said: “Petaluma is one of the iconic brands of modern Australian wine and we are delighted to re-introduce it to those who remember it fondly, whilst also being able to present the range to a whole new generation of consumer.”