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NeilCathy2.jpgAbout Us

 

We have been working in the wine industry for a combined period of just over forty five years.

We are very hands on at Whicher Ridge, as we grow, make and sell our own wine. 

 

Our personal philosophy is that "from little things, big things grow" and we both strongly believe that our attention to detail and control on quality from the vine to the bottle will place our wines up there amongst Australia's finest wines in years to come. That is our ambition anyway!

Neil Howard: " I started working in vineyards in the Pyrenees region of Victoria with Taltarni and Blue Pyrenees Estate, and then worked for 12 years at Mount Avoca as Viticulturalist/Vineyard Manager.  I moved to Western Australia in 1998, and managed the Sandalford Wines vineyard in Margaret River for a number of years, then developed and managed a number of smaller vineyards throughout the Margaret River region. I started the planning, development and planting of our Odyssey Creek vineyard in Chapman Hill in 2004. I now manage our vineyard and farming property on a full time basis, as well as helping Cath with making our wines in our winery, and hitting the road on marketing trips to promote our wines. The most rewarding thing for me is to see people enjoying our wine, which makes the hard work in the vineyard and in the winery, well worth the effort".

Cathy Howard (Nee Spratt): "I moved to South Australia from Tasmania in 1995, after working for Pipers Brook Vineyard and Cascade Brewery. I worked as a winemaker at Orlando Wines, then St Hallett Wines in the Barossa Valley. I moved to Western Australia in 2002 and worked as Chief Winemaker for Watershed Wines in Margaret River. I have gained a solid reputation for making high quality premium wines, in particular sauvignon blanc, riesling, semillon, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. After working the past two years as Winery Site Manager at Boars Rock, a large contract winemaking facility in Margaret River, I left there in March 2011 to concentrate on making the Whicher Ridge wines with Neil, and helping out as much as I can in our vineyard, as well as also hitting the road promoting and selling our wines. It is every winemaker's dream to one day make their own wine, and I am finally living that dream".