Author: Cathy Howard

I am a winemaker with over 30 years of winemaking experience. I moved to South Australia from Tasmania in 1995, after working for Pipers Brook Vineyard and Cascade Brewery. I worked at Orlando Wines, then St Hallett Wines in the Barossa Valley, and in 2002 I moved to Margaret River in Western Australia, to work as Chief Winemaker for Watershed Wines. I have gained a solid reputation for making high quality premium wines, most notably Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. I also enjoy writing, and every blog on our Whicher Ridge website is my own!
Favourite Pastimes – owning horses and dogs, gardening, farm life

The Six Seasons of Margaret River

The Noongar people are the traditional owners of the South West of Western Australia, and for the Wadandi dialect group, the Busselton- Margaret River region where Whicher Ridge Wines is located, is known as Wadandi Boodja (Saltwater People’s Country). The Noongar people follow an ancestral six seasons calendar which guides them to live in harmony […]

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Vineyard Stays – 3 of the Best in Margaret River

📷 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! […]

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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, […]

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The New Virtual Wine Tasting Experience

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. […]

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