Brian Croser, a prominent figure in the global wine trade and former Decanter's 'Man of the Year', is a true innovator and pioneer of cool-climate viticulture in Australia.
His Piccadilly Valley-based winery, Tapanappa, became a trendsetter very early on with their Tiers Vineyard, planted back in 1979. It was the first vineyard to be planted in the Adelaide Hills region in the twentieth century. Piccadilly Valley where the Tiers Vineyard is located has a climate comparable to Dijon in Burgundy. It is the second coolest region and has the highest annual rainfall in South Australia, and as a result, Croser is able to craft unique Chardonnay from this plot.