About Warwick Wine Estate
Warwick Estate is a family-owned and run winery located in Stellenbosch. Managing Director Michael Ratcliffe is the 3rd generation family member to oversee this high quality boutique operation.
Stan Ratcliffe purchased Warwick on April 1st 1964 after an extensive search for the best ‘terroir’ in the Cape. Together with his wife Norma, they soon realized the potential of the extraordinary property and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines produced high quality grapes, which were soon in demand from neighbouring wineries. Norma became more and more interested in the making of wine and began to study the subject. Soon a cellar was in place and Norma began producing her own handcrafted wines using the Warwick grapes. In 1984 the first Warwick Cabernet Sauvignon called ‘La Femme Bleu’- the Blue Lady – was released. Norma had a natural talent for making great wines and in 1986 Warwick Trilogy was released, a Bordeaux style blend which has since become a flagship of the South African Wine Industry.
The Legend of Warwicks’ Logo, the Wedding Cup
Princess Kunigunde fell in love with a young, handsome and ambitious Silversmith. Although Kunigunde`s father did not approve of their love, it was clear that she only wanted the Silversmith to be her husband. The King became so enraged that he had the young Silversmith thrown into the deepest darkest dungeon. Not even his daughter`s bitter tears would change her father`s mind. To her father`s dismay, imprisoning the young man did not end his daughter`s love for the Silversmith. Instead, he could only watch as his daughter grew paler and paler as a result of the separation from her true love. The King and Queen reluctantly made the following proposal: He told his daughter, “If your Silversmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride”. Of course he was certain nobody could perform such a task. Inspired by love and with skillful hands, the young Silversmith created a masterpiece. He sculpted a girl with a smile as beautiful as his own true love`s. Her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised arms held a chalice that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards another. The challenge was met. The Silversmith and the Princess joined hands in marriage and with the bridal cup set forth a romantic and memorable tradition as charming today as it was originally hundreds of years ago.