Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The perfect wedding gift? A Warwick Wedding Cup

The perfect wedding gift? A Warwick Wedding Cup

Monday, November 07, 2011

Warwick's Norma Ratcliffe presenting Warwick wines in Lyon on a 5 day French road show

Warwicks Norma Ratcliffe presenting Warwick wines in Lyon on a 5 day French road show

Monday, October 24, 2011

Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery Evening with Warwick Wine Estate

Warwick Grapes, Gourmet & Gallery Evening

Grapes, Gourmet & Gallery

Our next Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery Evening
with Warwick Wine Estate, will be
taking place in our newly refurbished restaurant
on Wednesday, 2nd of November 2011,
make sure you book your seat.

Our Executive Chef Jochen Riedel and his team,
have outdone themselves and have created an amazing
5 course menu, paired with 6 of Warwick's finest wines.

Join us for artwork by Dr. Michael Durst,
who will be exhibiting his solo exhibition
See below for a sneak preview of Dr. Michael Durst's artwork

Guests are invited for pre-drinks from 7pm and are seated at 7:30pm.

Price: R345.00 per person

Gift Vouchers can be purchased.

See our menu below:

 Tartar of Scallop
with asparagus and vegetable vinaigrette
Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Smoked Ostrich Salad
served with raspberry dressing
Pinotage 2010

Sous Vide Leg of Lamb
presented on roasted tomato puntalette
with garlic foam
Three Cape Ladies Cape Blend 2009
Coq Au Vin
complemented by potato purée and bean-bacon bundle
Trilogy 2009
Cheese Platter
with pears poached in red wine
The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

 For enquiries & bookings contact our banqueting department on
021 434 2351 or e-mail us at

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Platter 5 Stars for Warwick Cabernet Franc

We have again had our Cabernet Franc recognised amongst the greatest icon wines in South Africa. This time it is five stars from the influential Platter guide. The John Platter Wine guide, now in it's 2012 edition continues to be the most influential and globally relevant wine guide of South African wines.

Warwick was one of the first handful of wineries to plant Cabernet Franc in South Africa and was the first ever winery to release single varietal Cabernet Franc in 1986. "Cabernet Franc is my baby - it has always just worked at Warwick" says winemaker and family matriarch Norma Ratcliffe.

Warwick Cabernet Franc is available in limited quantities on the best wine lists in the world. It is also available exclusively through the Warwick 'Wine Family' wine club - Join now

Click here to purchase a case today.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book the ultimate Winelands experience today, time is running out!

The ultimate Winelands experience. Pay R199 for a gourmet picnic, wine tasting and Big 5 wine Safari for two at the idyllic Warwick Wine Estate worth R449

Friday, August 05, 2011

Warwick Estate’s Big Five Vineyard Safari

By: Lucy Corne
August 5th, 2011

There are two main advantages that Warwick Estate’s Big Five Safari has over other Big Five game drives. The first, of course, is wine. The second is that you’ll never leave disappointed – you’re guaranteed sightings of each one of the Big Five in question, for we are not talking wildlife here. Warwick’s Big Five is comprised of the quintet of South African wine giants – Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Authentic safari vehicles take you deep into the vineyards, en route they liken each of the five grapes to one of the real Big Five. If, like me, you like to play guessing games and fancy trying to work out which grape reflects which animal, you might like to place you bets before you read on – consider this a spoiler alert.

We climbed into the truck feeling a little sad that we weren’t actually going game spotting, but any disappointment was washed away at our first stop with a post-breakfast glass of the sublime Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoying the signature winelands view of endless mountains and unrivalled beauty, we sipped and learned why this is the rhino of the wine Big Five. This was the most tenuous comparison – there being more to both than meets the eye – but others are really rather clever.

Cab Sauv, the king of the wine industry, can only be the lion; Pinotage, like the buffalo, stands its ground (when blended with a Cab Sauv. N.B. blending a buffalo and a lion is not recommended); Cab Franc is the elephant of grapes, with its thick skin and resilience to pests, while Merlot, like the leopard, presents a challenge. Just as you don’t always get a glimpse of the latter on a game drive, you don’t always get a good glass of the former in South Africa.

Warwick’s tour is quirky and fun, but more than that it offers real insight into the grape growing process, something often overlooking on winery tours. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to identify a grape from its leaves, know which variety craves cooler weather or why French oak is favoured over South African oak then this is your tour. And even if those things aren’t near the top of your must-learn list, the Big Five Wine Safari is a great way to spend an hour – sipping Sauvignon Blanc alongside the vines that produced it and following up with a tasting of Warwick’s excellent vintages back at the winery. I might have failed to rise to the challenge of identifying the grape from looking at the vine; I might have failed to match the grapes to their animal counterparts but I fared well at working my way through their tasting menu and succeeded at sipping from the famous wedding cup without spilling a drop. It seems I know where my strengths truly lie.

Warwick’s Big Five Wine Safari costs R50 per person, leaving every hour from 11am to 4pm. Bookings recommended. Tastings cost R25 per person and gourmet picnics are available to enjoy in the grounds.

Contact Warwick Estate

Tel 021-884 -144

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Press release from the Jan Kriel Wine Auction in London - Mike Ratcliffe was the auctioneer

The 13th Annual London SA Wine Auction, in aid of Jan Kriel School took place on Thursday, 19 May at the Plaisterer’s Hall, London. More than £35,000 (Thirty Five Thousand Pounds) was raised for the learners of Jan Kriel School; a school for children with learning disabilities.

The Jan Kriel London Wine Auction was established in 1998 as a brainchild of Dave Hughes to create not only awareness of the top South African Wines, but also to raise much needed funds for Jan Kriel School. Throughout the years the auction grew and the name was changed.

The 2011 London SA Wine Auction included accommodation packages on wine estates, internationally award winning wines and rare collectors’ items. More than 40 wine estates were represented at this gala charity dinner and auction. Mike Ratcliffe (Warwick Wine and Vilafonte) acted as auctioneer and the presence of Johann Krige (Kanonkop), Duncan Spence (Rickety Bridge) and Chris Edge (Cape Legends), to mention but a few, contributed to the success of the event. The Warwick and Vilafonte lots raised the highest bids of around

4000 - a new record.

Jan Kriel School (est. 1937) empowers and educates learners with epilepsy, dyslexia, medical, neurological or emotional conditions

which make it impossible for them to attend mainstream schools. This year 550 learners enrolled and the Head Boy, Mathew Hardie and Head Girl, Lize Loubser represented their school in London, at the event.

The 14th Annual London SA Wine Auction will coincide with Jan Kriel School’s 75th Birthday celebration in 2012. The auction will take place on Thursday, 24 May 2012.

Johann Krige (Kanonkop Estate) congratulates successful bidder, Julia Hands on her 9ℓ Kanonkop Pinotage, 2009 that was auctioned for £1,600.00. Johann opened a 1.5ℓ Kanonkop Pinotage, 2009 at her table to enjoy during the evening.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Food & Wine Extravaganza with the Ratcliffe Family

2 Nights only - Don't miss out - Book now!

Email: or call 021 8844410

Monday, July 11, 2011

Book your seats now for Warwick Christmas in July!

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For bookings and inquiries:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


With an unseasonably cool weekend in Chicago, we have no real choice but to enjoy great wines. Beach is out, but Red Wine is in. Rich and I went to the Warwick wines dinner at Naha on Friday night. First of course we stopped at Rich’s new favorite restaurant for a drink and hob nob with a chef buddy of his. Funny thing about chefs, they never have time to meet with you unless you are talking about their food.

Anyway, we ended up at Naha to taste the wines of Warwick Estate in South Africa. We met with a bunch of wine loving folks and winery honcho Mike Ratcliffe. Mike is a great guy, very outgoing and had a great knack for remembering names. We tasted many of the wines that the vineyard has to offer and fell in love with the Pinotage

The below is from the web:
The wine has a deep and intense garnet colour. The nose shows ripe cassis and smoky flavours that fuses with almond and chocolate aromas. The palate is full round with ripe chewy tannins and flavours like coffee, cherry, cigar box and liquorices. The balanced acid creates a firm finish that is complemented by luscious and lingering sweetness.
The net/net - the wine rocks!

Fair priced, tasty and drinks well now and can age.

Look for it on the shelves soon!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pictures taken at Warwick this past weekend

Snippets from the Warwick Winter Menu

Lightly curried Calamari strips
Chef’s soup of the day
Denningvleis - Tamarind stewed Lamb Rack
Pan fried Prawns on a crayfish bisque

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


The ladies from Summerwood Guesthouse in Stellenbosch
visiting Warwick for lunch today.
A warm Warwick welcome to Ann, Anneline & Susie!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


The keenly awaited release of the first Jeffrey Deaver penned James Bond novel hit book stores around the world today. Bond get’s a new bespoke Bentley Continental GT but stays with his Omega Seamaster and his perfectly tailored British suits. In what has become classic Bond, 007 mingles with the sexiest women in the world – both good and bad in a carefully managed plot guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. South African wines feature for the first time and James Bond makes no secret about his choice of drink with Warwick’s ‘Three Cape Ladies’ red blend his preferred drink for seducing the lovely Felicity Willing.

“ ...vintage Three Cape Ladies, a red blend from Muldersvlei in the Cape. Bond knew it’s reputation. He took out the cork and poured. They sat on the sofa and sipped. “Wonderful” he said.”

The action set all over the world has Cape Town and Franschhoek in South Africa featuring heavily with their multiple exotic locations and exalted post World Cup reputation perfectly positioned to capture the interest of aspiring Bond fans everywhere. Shooting on the new movie – it is rumoured - commences in South Africa in September 2011.

Warwick is a family-owned and run South African Wine Estate focused on the high-end segment of the market. Warwick ‘Three Cape Ladies’ is available in fine wine stores and top restaurants around the world.