Stellenbosch’s iconic Warwick Wine Estate sold to US investors
Family-owned and run winery, Warwick Wine Estate, has been sold to San Francisco investment firm, Eileses Capital.
About Eileses Capital
Eileses Capital was founded in 2016 by Kishore Bopardikar and Charles Marston. The San Francisco firm has $200-million of capital to invest “in ideas that will beget large markets and new industries” and those that “will improve the way we live, learn, and work.”
According to the official media releases, additional acquisitions in SA are planned.
MD Michael Ratcliffe is the third generation family member to oversee this high-quality boutique operation.
From 1771 till 1902, Warwick was known as the farm ‘De Goede Sukses’. After the Anglo Boer war ended in 1902, Colonel William Alexander Gordon, Commanding Officer of the Warwickshire regiment bought the historic farm.
He renamed it ‘Warwick’ as a tribute to his regiment and the rest, as they say, is history.
Stan Ratcliffe purchased Warwick on April 1st, 1964 after an extensive search for the best ‘terroir’ in the Cape. Together with his wife Norma, they soon realised the potential of the extraordinary property and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Cabernet Sauvignon vines produced high-quality grapes, which were soon in demand from neighbouring wineries. Norma became more and more interested in the making of wine and began to study the subject.
Soon a cellar was in place and Norma began producing her own handcrafted wines using the Warwick grapes.
In 1984 the first Warwick Cabernet Sauvignon called ‘La Femme Bleu’- the Blue Lady – was released.
Norma had a natural talent for making great wines and in 1986 Warwick Trilogy was released, a Bordeaux style blend which has since become a flagship of the South African wine industry.
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