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We have been growing grapes and making wine for a combined period of 45 years, and launched Whicher Ridge Wines in 2008 after planting our vineyard in 2004.

Whicher Ridge is a genuine small wine producer. On our farm, we grow grapes , handmake all of our wines, then jump in the car or a plane, and promote and market our wines as well. (Which doesn't leave us a lot of spare time for many other things...)

As well as being highly experienced at growing grapes and making wine, what we also have in bucket loads - is PASSION for what we are doing. What drives us to succeed with Whicher Ridge is our personal philosophy  - "From little things, big things grow" and we both strongly believe that our wines will be up there amongst Australia's finest in years to come. 

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".