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Warwick Wine Estate, pouring love into every bottle.

Situated at the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountain, with altitudes ranging from 240 to 360 metres above sea level, Warwick wine estate carries all the elements required to make world-class wine. With cooling factors from both elevation and ocean breezes, as well as a variety of slopes, aspects and soil types, the Warwick vineyards are a mix of classic Bordeaux cultivars, with a touch of South African stalwarts like Pinotage and old vine Chenin Blanc.

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Warwick wine estate carries all the elements required to make world-class wine.
It began with a young girl who grew up in Western Canada, whose name was Norma Ratcliffe, and who grew up to become known as South Africa's First Lady of wine.
Now for the very first time Warwick proudly introduced a new pairing to the world - the Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc and the Professor Black Pitch Black.

Man, vine and environment

Warwick has a rich range of cultivars on the estate, but its true breadth of expression is not created through grapes alone, but through a wonderful combination of soil and fruit. The quality of the wine is owed as much to the elements and environment, as it is to the vineyard and cellar teams. With a belief in quality without compromise, there is no single activity which produces greatness, but rather a series of interrelated activities, performed at the highest level. Resulting in understated and classic wines, that exude elegance.

The estate views their wines as the result of interplay between man, vine, and environment. It’s not just about history, it’s about heritage. Because heritage is not just a snapshot of the past; it’s a responsibility to carried into the future. Warwick wine estate realises that as it stands as something that was inherited – it must also then be nurtured and protected for the generations of family and friends, still to come.

Not a conventional story

While most South African wine stories start with a man and his grapes, Warwick’s story is a little different. It doesn’t start on a farm; it doesn’t start with a man, and it doesn’t even start in South Africa! It began with a young girl who grew up in western Canada, whose name was Norma Ratcliffe, who grew up to become known as the First Lady of the South African wine industry. Now, years later. Warwick continues to flourish under the watchful eye of another incredible lady, and the new Warwick CEO, Christiane Von Arnim. Ensuring that Norma’s legacy will live on forever.

Supporting Christiane, is an exciting, young and close-knit team of professionals, representing the next generation of our local wine industry. JD Pretorius joined the Warwick team to head up the vineyard and cellar, and to translate the wonderful terroir of the estate, into wine for the world to enjoy. At just 34-years-old, JD has won the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year (2014), chaired the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group, and has a number of notable awards as well as highly rated wines in his cache.

The main act

On his winemaking philosophy JD says: “I make wines with freshness and purity in mind. Everything must be in balance. Oak as well as other techniques simply play a supporting role to the main act - the fruit”.

To crown off all his accomplishments, JD was recently invited to join the ranks of the prestigious Cape Winemakers’ Guild – an incredible honour, and one that was also bestowed on Norma Radcliffe in 1989. Norma went onto become its first woman chairperson in 1993. What a woman and what a legacy!

Warwick’s wonderful wines

Along with the First Lady range of wines, Warwick produces some of the most acclaimed premium wines in the market like: Trilogy, White Lady, Blue Lady, and the country’s first ever Cape Blend - the Three Cape Ladies. Now for the first time Warwick proudly introduced a new pairing to the world - the Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc and the Professor Black Pitch Black. One a classic Stellenbosch single varietal Sauvignon Blanc, the other a show stopping Bordeaux blend, inspired by the heritage reds of old.

Visit the estate

Warwick wine estate is jam-packed with things to do for the whole family, and your furry friends too! There are cellar tours, gourmet wine tastings, vertical tastings, vineyard safari’s, and of course the famous Warwick gourmet picnics to name but a few. For the younger kids and the young at heart, there are jungle gyms, giant jenga, boule courts, and so much more. So, bring your family, friends and pets, and enjoy a day at the estate!

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