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.

Our Legacy

  • 2000Inaugural Vintage Unveiled

    Marking the genesis, Ridgeback produced its maiden wine off-site, setting the stage for a legacy of exceptional vintages to come.
  • 2001Viognier & Cabernet Franc Plantings

    Initial planting of Viognier and Cabernet Franc sets the stage for their evolution as blending components.
  • 2002Cellar Birth

    The cornerstone of craftsmanship, Ridgeback's cellar was established, laying the foundation for precision winemaking and innovation.
  • 2003Premier Platter’s Five-Star

    Garnering acclaim, the 2001 Ridgeback Shiraz receives the prestigious Platter’s Five Star in 2003, solidifying its position as a benchmark for excellence in winemaking.
  • 2015Standout Viognier & Cabernet Franc Vintage

    The 2015 vintage marks a turning point as both Viognier and Cabernet Franc shine, displaying outstanding characteristics, paving the way for recognition in their respective niche categories.
  • 2018Signature C 2015 Vintage Recognised

    The 2015 vintage of Signature C, a representation of Ridgeback's pinnacle winemaking, is honored with the esteemed Platter’s Five Star upon its release in 2018. Crafted from the finest Bordeaux barrels, this wine embodies the essence of excellence at Ridgeback.
  • 2020Ridgeback Viognier 2018 Receives Platter’s Five Stars

    The 2018 vintage of Ridgeback Viognier earns the esteemed Platter’s Five Stars, recognized for its exceptional quality and distinction in the year 2020.
  • 2021Ridgeback Viognier 2019 Earns Platter’s Five Stars

    The subsequent vintage, the 2019 Ridgeback Viognier, is honored with the prestigious Platter’s Five Stars, solidifying its exceptional quality in the year 2021.
  • 2022Accolade for Ridgeback Cabernet Franc

    The 2020 Ridgeback Cabernet Franc is awarded the distinguished Trophy for Best Cabernet Franc at the 2022 Michelangelo Wine & Spirits awards, emphasizing its outstanding distinction and quality.
  • 2024Platters Award: Ridgeback Wines' 2019 Signature C Achieves 5 Stars

    Ridgeback Wines has once again been awarded the prestigious 5 Star Rating by Platters Wine for our 2019 Signature C. This marks the fourth time that our dedication to crafting exceptional wines has been recognized with this esteemed accolade.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback dog originates from Southern Africa, where legends and stories abound of their exploits and bravery in the African bushveld. Their tenacity and ruggedness are symbolic of the pioneering spirit of Africa. The pedigree, character and stature of this impressive animal are reflected in our full bodied red wine which will continue to mature, if carefully cellared, for up to 10 years.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback dog was originally used for lion hunting, and embodies the strength and quality of the farm’s red wines. Today, the breed has a rich pedigree and is admired by owners and enthusiasts around the world. The farm’s main brand name, Ridgeback, is derived from the Ridgeback dogs that are kept on the farm.

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