Needing no introduction, Brian Croser AO, is one of the most famous figures in the wine world. Prominent in 1970s as winemaker at Hardy’s Brian left to be a consultant winemaker and start up his own winery – Petaluma in 1976. A visionary, setting up first winery in the Adelaide Hills, recognising the huge potential to make fine wine. He is currently the Deputy Chair of Wine Australia, has won many accolades for his work in and for the Australian wine industry, including Decanter Man of the Year in 2004 and Order of Australia (AO).
To say that the Turkey Flat Vineyards sits in the heart of the Barossa valley is no lie. Sitting along the banks of Tanunda Creek, just outside the main town of Tanunda, the winery it is surrounded by vineyards of their own and other famous Barossa wine producers.
Setting off from Adelaide airport, we drove our rental car 139 km north along the Harrocks Highway to the main town of Clare. The initial drive north consisted of sweep pastoral scenes with rolling green hillsides populated by sheep and Gum trees. Once we reached the town of Auburn, this then changed to vineyards. Here is where the Clare Valley starts, at 250m above sea level, it continues north through the main towns of Watervale, Pentwortham, Sevenhills and finally Clare.