Whicher Ridge Wines
Whicher Ridge Wines is owned by two experienced vignerons, Neil and Cathy Howard, who between them have over 45 years of viticulture and winemaking experience working with high profile wineries.
- Open Days/times:Cellar Door: Thurs-Mon 10am-5pm
- Wine Region:Geographe
- Wine Variety:Chardonnay,Sparkling,Cabernet Sauvignon,Riesling,Sauvignon Blanc,Shiraz,Viognier,Malbec,Petit Verdot,Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
- Brands:Whicher Ridge, The Jetty
- Cases Produced:1500 cases
- Vineyards:5 hectares
- Winemaker:Cathy Howard
- Facilities:BBQ Facilities,Wine Sensory Garden,Cellar Door,Picnic Facilities
Their vineyard is located at a unique site south of Busselton, 170 metres above sea level in the Whicher Range to take full advantage of the cool winds that arrive off the Southern Ocean during Summer. The soils are gravelly ironstone sandy loam, similar to the highly-acclaimed Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. The vineyard was planted in 2004 with Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. New plantings of Malbec and Mourvedre have been added in recent years.
An artisan wine producer, Whicher Ridge makes a range of sparkling and table wines which are single vineyard, single region wines. The grapes are sourced from its own vineyard and from vineyards in other WA wine regions including Frankland River in the Great Southern, and Margaret River.
The farm-style cellar door is open Thursday to Monday. Choose from a variety of tasting experiences, including an in-depth tasting and Wine Sensory Garden Tour which can be booked in advance. Enjoy the unique opportunity to taste with the winemaker and gain a firsthand understanding of three of Western Australia’s wine regions, and the philosophy behind the making of each of the wines. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, and stay a little longer to enjoy the peaceful, rural landscape and play a game of petanque. Dogs are also welcome to visit as long as they kept are on a lead.
Whicher Ridge is the only winery in Australia with a specially themed and planted Wine Sensory Garden. This is the centre piece of the wine tasting experience, with it’s plantings of fruit trees, herbs, flowers and seasonal vegetables which describe and match the flavours, textures and styles of the award winning Whicher Ridge Wines. Visitors can ‘Pick and Sip’ their way around the Garden, immersing all of their five senses in the experience and discovering along the way how to describe the flavours that they are tasting in a wine as well as learning how simple it is to pair food with wine.
5 Black Stars