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Wednesday 24 February 2021

Major move for star Australian winemaker

Wine industry veteran Teresa Heuzenroeder has been appointed senior winemaker and manager for Accolade Wines’ historic Tintara facility in McLaren Vale. 

In addition, she will take on the role of senior winemaker for the Petaluma and Croser brands.

The announcement follows the decision by Mike Mudge to step down from the role of senior winemaker and manager at Petaluma.

Heuzenroeder spent almost 27 years with Yalumba and Hill Smith Family Wines, with 15 years in the role of senior winemaker. She is renowned for her prowess with sparkling wines and whites, particularly Heggies rieslings.

“Having the opportunity to join the amazing team at Accolade Wines and learn from world-class experts was a big drawcard for me," Heuzenroeder said.

"The Tintara site has such strong heritage as a distinguished wine-making facility and I am so excited to work with some of the most respected Australian wine brands. I look forward to coming on-board with Accolade Wines and bringing a new set of skills and perspective to help take these wines to new levels.”

Sandy Mayo, Chief Marketing Officer at Accolade Wines, said: “We recently bid farewell to Mike Mudge. Mike has been integral to the growth and success of the Petaluma and Croser brands, and has been an upholder of quality and an ambassador for the Adelaide Hills region.

"We would like to thank Mike for his outstanding contribution to Petaluma and Croser over 30 years and we wish him and his family every success for the future.”

Last year, Accolade Wines announced that, due to increased demand for the Petaluma and Croser brands, it had reached capacity at Woodside Estate in the Adelaide Hills and outgrown the site.

The decision was made to move production of the Petaluma and Croser portfolio to the Company’s Tintara facility in McLaren Vale to support the ongoing and planned growth of Petaluma and Croser, in Australia and internationally.

The company is currently investigating new locations for the Petaluma cellar door to reach even more Petaluma consumers and provide new and interesting experiences for wine and food lovers.

“Teresa, who is well known to the industry, is a highly experienced winemaker," Mayo said. "We are excited for her to join our talented team at Tintara and look forward to seeing the great work she does in her new role.”

Hardys Tintara has grown to become Accolade Wine’s largest premium winery and state-of-the-art wine-making facility.

Acolade Wines' diverse portfolio is made up of Australian wine brands including Hardys, Grant Burge, St Hallett, Petaluma, Banrock Station and Katnook.


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