Take the road less travelled and discover a hidden gem crafting small batch, single vineyard wines
Our winery is small, owned and operated by a dynamic team of two, Neil and Cathy Howard. We are a vigneron and winemaker couple with a combined 50 years of experience between us. We take a ‘hands-on’ approach to the growing of our grapes and the making of our wines, and we have a ‘tread lightly on the earth’ philosophy with our sustainable farming practices.
Our winery, vineyard, cellar door and wine sensory garden are located only 20 minutes from Busselton and 40 minutes from Margaret River. We are dog friendly winery, so bring your pooch along to meet us and Polly the wine dog.
Our wines are small batch, single vineyard wines made from vines growing in the ancient soils of three of Australia’s most isolated wine regions, Margaret River, Geographe and the Great Southern.
Each of our wines are full of varietal and terroir specific flavours, made in styles which celebrate their provenance and which also pair well with food. Our wines have texture, flavour intensity, length and balance.
Our Wine Sensory Garden is a truly unique wine experience being the only one of it’s kind in Australia. The Garden is designed in a figure eight, infinity shape with sections themed for seven different wine varieties. For each wine there is a ‘Descriptor Bed’ planted with fruit trees, flowers and herbs which describe the aromas and flavours in that wine. The adjacent ‘Affinity Bed’ has plantings of fruit trees, seasonal vegetables and herbs which have an affinity for, or pair with, that particular wine.
You are welcome to wander around our Garden and immerse yourself in the sights, smells and flavours of the plants at your own pace, or you can book in for a ‘Pick and Sip’ Tour.
Inspiration for Planning the Ultimate Road Trip to Margaret River
The Margaret River region is vast in size and equally as generous in it’s range of offerings for visitors to the region. A road trip to the region is really the best way to see and experience it for yourself. Whether you are driving to Busselton from Perth or flying into the Busselton-Margaret River Airport, […]
📷 Photo Credit Zac White – Photographer Booking in for a vineyard stay at your favourite winery is one of the best ways to experience a wine region! It’s a truly immersive experience that gives you a glimpse of what life is really like on a vineyard and making wines from the grapes you grow! […]
The Ultimate Guide to Viognier – 5 Facts Worth Knowing
A few weeks ago our 2019 Mademoiselle V Viognier won a gold medal and the Trophy for the Best French Variety at the Australian Alternative Variety Wine Show. By definition, an alternative grape variety basically means that it is not a mainstream, widely planted variety, and it is not well known. As we have found out, […]
It seems like a lifetime ago that in March 2020, our lives as we knew it, suddenly changed with Covid and so did our capacity to do wine tastings. For us, our cellar door had to close, as did our wholesale customer’s restaurants and small bars. Our world contracted and so did our wine sales. […]
Whicher Ridge acknowledges the Wadandi people of the Noongar Land and recognises their connection to culture, community and Country. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. Whicher Ridge supports the Uluru Statement.
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