Friday 10th July 7.30 pm Edward Sheldon Ltd, Shipston-on-Stour,Warwickshire
South Africa is the theme for this evening with James Dare coming to visit, all the way from Warwick Estate Wines in Stellenbosch S.A.
Warwick wine estate was known as the farm ‘Good Success’ from 1791 until 1902. After the Anglo Boer war, Colonel Alexander Gordon from Warwickshire regiment bought the farm and renamed it ‘Warwick’ as a tribute to his regiment.
In 1964 the farm was purchased by Stan & Norma Ratcliffe, at the time there was not a single vine on the farm. However, Stan and Norma Ratcliffe soon realized the potential of the terroir and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines gave high quality grapes, which were soon in demand from wholesalers and other 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 in 1984 the first Warwick vintage was released (a Cabernet Sauvignon). It seemed Norma had the talent for making great wines and production soon increased. The Trilogy, since 1986, a Bordeaux style blend soon became one of the flagships of the South African Wine Industry.
The farm today is still very much a family affair. In 2001, Mike Ratcliffe, Stan and Norma’s son assumed the role of Managing Director. He graduated from Adelaide University with a wine marketing degree.
Edward Sheldon are Independent Wine Merchants who have been trading in Shipston on Stour, South Warwickshire, since 1842. They have a range of over 700 wines. They specialize in French wines primarily, though their list incorporates a wide and diverse range from all around the globe.
Tickets are £35.00 per person to include all wines and a 4 course meal.
Edward Sheldon Limited,
New Street, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4EN
Source: Edward Sheldon Limited and Warwick Estate Wines