Warwick – originally a supplier, a winery today
In the 60s of the last century, Stan Ratcliffe was on the hunt for the best terroir at the Cape, together with his wife Norma Ratcliffe. In 1964, they found what they were looking for: Warwick. Within a short amount of time, they planted the noble grape Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were literally a huge hit and numerous surrounding wineries purchased the grapes from the couple in order to use them for their own wine production. This wasn’t enough for Norma Ratcliffe and she started to study the production of wine herself. Her alluringly simple and convincing analysis: if Warwick already had such great vines, then it would be a natural progression to create their own Warwick wine. Exactly 20 years after the purchase of the cultivation area, the ‘La Femme Bleu’, the Blue Lady, saw the light of day. Two years later, the Warwick Trilogy was created: a wonderful and surprisingly accessible yet also complex Bordeaux blend. It still constitutes the flagship of the estate today.
Warwick with natural cultivation
Harmony with nature is not only an end in itself at Warwick but is a part of the wine philosophy. Only with an intact ecological system, the vines can develop well and produce luscious grapes. This is why Warwick foregoes unnecessary pest control and tries to achieve the best result possible with care and targeted measures. The excellent soil quality of Warwick with the gratifyingly high earthworm population (always a good sign for an intact nature) and of course the outstanding wines confirm Warwick’s way of wine production.