Tapanappa wines were born when Brian Croser, one of the first Australian winemakers of the modern era, deliberately matched grape variety to site. He is very adamant that terroir defines fine wine, and that the best way to achieve terroir is to be light-handed in your viticultural approach. All efforts should be concentrated in the vineyards so the correct chemistry and flavour balance on the vines can be achieved.
A committed believer in the concept of terroir with the uncopiable effect of the geology, soil, climate, latitude, longitude, aspect, surrounds, and all other factors affecting the grapes. Quite a checklist to guarantee. In Tapanappa, Brian has established a winery that produces wines from three specific sites, each remarkable for their individuality. The overriding viticultural principles of the estate are close-spaced, manually pruned and harvested fine wine vineyards.