The Ridgeback Labels
Three labels are produced on the Ridgeback farm. Our premium label is Ridgeback emphasising top quality and presentation of both red and white single varietals and blends. Vansha is our second label focusing on good quality red and white blends. The third label is our easy quaffing Lion Hound, where we are looking for good quality everyday wines at affordable prices.
Ridgeback Wines History
We produced our first white wine in 2000, and our five star award-winning Ridgeback Shiraz, created in 2001 was the first red. Ridgeback Wines has built on an impressive foundation and has been awarded numerous accolades and medals since 2001, both locally and abroad. Our winemaker, Toit Wessels, goes from strength to strength, refusing to settle for anything less than the best being released from the cellar.
In 2003, a modern winery was constructed with a 300 ton capacity. At present the total production is 16,000 cases, with large growth potential. The winery was complemented by the construction of a wine tasting facility which is perched over a large duck pond. Guests can view numerous breeds of duck languidly cruising the surface of the pond or fighting for a piece of cracker, which they enthusiastically accept when offered.
A Perfect Combination
Fantastic wine is the result of a combination of numerous favourable factors existing concurrently and giving rise to a product of an impeccable standard. Our farm’s location, soils and slopes are well suited to red grapes, of which the mainstay is Shiraz, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot and Grenache. In addition, our white grapes are expertly produced examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Viognier.