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

Our Wine Sensory Garden Inspires a New Label

This week will see the launch of our new label ‘Odyssey Garden’ with the label illustration reflecting the plantings in our Wine Sensory Garden. The wines that will be released later this week include a Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon., with a Rosé planned for release later this year. The Odyssey Garden label replaces our […]

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The Wine Sensory Garden – A Hidden Gem

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. The Pick and Sip Wine Experience in the Wine […]

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What’s Not to Love About Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wine grapes in the world, prized for its unique citrusy, fruity aroma and refreshingly high acidity. We planted this grape variety in our vineyard in 2004. After an inspiring trip to Austria for the World Sauvignon Blanc Conference in 2008, we settled upon the style for […]

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Vintage 2020 is Now Done and Dusted

What is Vintage? Vintage is the period of time starting when we harvest our first grapes (which for us is Chardonnay). It is when we are in a continual weekly cycle of crushing grapes, managing ferments, pressing red ferments, clean everything, then start again – harvesting, fermentation, pressing, repeat. We work very long hours from […]

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When to Pick Grapes for Making Wine

Christmas and New Year holiday memories quickly fade as the grapes start to ripen, and the start of vintage is suddenly upon us! In Summer, I start sampling our grapes, starting with the whites, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. How do you know when to Pick Grapes for Making Wine? This is a question that […]

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