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Warwick Estate

Warwick Estate is a high-end South African winery in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The estate has a rich farming history dating back to 1771.

Then a fruit farm, Warwick only emerged on the forefront of South Africa’s wine scene when Stan and Norma Ratcliffe bought the estate in 1964 and started developing the land with an extensive focus on the classic Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Through determination and commitment, Norma Ratcliffe became one of the Cape’s first female winemakers – and one of its most illustrious wine personalities, whose legacy is immortalised in the Warwick “First Lady” range.

The first wine under the Warwick label was released in 1984, then named “La Femme Bleu” – “Blue Lady” as it is known today. Two years later, in 1986, the Warwick Trilogy – a three varietal Bordeaux-style blend – was released and has since been recognised as a truly iconic wine, with multiple vintages adorning some of the greatest wine lists in the world. Throughout the years, Warwick’s wines have won many awards, firmly establishing the brand as a South African icon.

  • Warwick Professor Black Pitch Black 2018

    Warwick Professor Black Pitch Black 2018

    Many folk may not know that, in the 1970s, South Africa produced world famous red blends comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault, which combined the finesse of Cinsault with the power of Cab. The Pitch Black blend...

  • Warwick First Lady Rosé 2021

    Warwick First Lady Rosé 2021

    Rosé is so often treated as an afterthought, but not so with The First Lady. We’ve deliberately chosen Pinotage as our rosé cultivar to create an African rosé that is an effortless...

  • Warwick First Lady Chardonnay 2021

    Warwick First Lady Chardonnay 2021

    The First Lady Chardonnay is 92% fresh and breezy, with 8% oaky formality - just enough to let you know that it would be a mistake to underestimate her! It’s our tribute to the working women, who understand the energy...

  • Warwick Trilogy 2017

    Warwick Trilogy 2017

    Deep garnet in colour, with a ruby red rim. Aromas of cassis, lavender, cedarwood, cigar box on the first approach. As the wine breaths it shows more crème de cassis and black berries. Varietal: Bordeaux Blend, 55%...

  • Warwick Three Cape Ladies 2017

    Warwick Three Cape Ladies 2017

    Dark and brooding nose of black berries and cherry compote on the nose with a hint of rosemary Varietal: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Pinotage, 12% Cabernet Franc Tasting Notes 2017 sees the exciting return of Pinotage to...

  • Warwick First Lady Pinotage 2021

    Warwick First Lady Pinotage 2021

    Tasting Notes The nose shows dark cherries, strawberries, bitter chocolate and cured meat. The palate is light and lively with great fruit and fine powdery tannins with the same cherry notes following through on to the...

  • Warwick First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    Warwick First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    Deep dark fruits dominate the nose initially with blackberry compote and black plums and dark chocolate. Dark berries follow onto the palate with dried herbs, cassis and dark chocolate. Grapes are picked at optimal ripeness...

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