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.
It seems like a lifetime ago that in March 2020, our lives as we knew it, suddenly changed with Covid. 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. So, rather than rolling over and giving up, we […]
This week will see the launch of our new label ‘Odyssey Garden’. The wines that will be released later this week include a Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Odyssey Garden label replaces our Jetty Wine label. This range of wines is our second tier, which are blended wines, made in a style which […]
As a winemaker who gardens, I am immensely proud of our Wine Sensory Garden. In 7 years it has transformed from a corner of what was once a dairy cow paddock into a magnificent garden that delights the senses and is a unique wine educational experience. It is best experienced in the early morning and […]
In April, we received some absolutely wonderful news! Firstly, that our Cellar Door had been awarded The Star Cellar Door in the Geographe Wine Region for 2020 by Gourmet Traveller Wine, plus, our 2017 Elevage Sauvignon received a 93 point rating from Huon Hooke in the same Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine for April/May. ‘Cathy Howard […]
Whicher Ridge acknowledges the 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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