Warwick wine estate

One of the leading estates in South Africa, Warwick sits on the lower slopes on the north-western side of Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch.

The vineyards were established by Stan and Norma Ratcliffe in the 1960s. The family sold the estate last year although Norma, the first female winemaker in South Africa remains a doyenne of the wine industry in Stellenbosch. I met Christiane von Armin, the newly appointed young, dynamic CEO last year.

Christiane comes with an impressive wine background. Certainly, Norma, who has been a strong supporter of women in wine was super happy to hear of her appointment. A new winemaker, Johannes Diederick Pretorius, known as JD, was appointed from the 2019 vintage.