The greatest wine farms are invariably multi-generational. Greatness takes time.— Mike Ratcliffe
2017 may well be the pinnacle of my career. But it’s only coming out in a few years.— Mike Ratcliffe
If there was a Stellenbosch 40 minutes from Gauteng nobody would be at work!— Mike Ratcliffe
Ratcliffe has been MD of Warwick since 1999.
Warwick is known as one of the more innovative win producers in South Africa.
Ratcliffe is involved in a number of wine industry bodies.
He graduated first in his Wine Marketing class at Adelaide University in 1999.
Ratcliffe is an amateur auctioneer.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
My late father had a passion for Cabernet Sauvignon and he decided to plant it. Unusual in the 1960s.— Mike Ratcliffe
My mother, born in Canada, got welcomed in the Afrikaner dominated wine industry.— Mike Ratcliffe
Greatness involves owning the land you get your grapes from.— Mike Ratcliffe
The modern South African wine industry only really started in the 1990s.— Mike Ratcliffe
Our quality is our biggest asset.— Mike Ratcliffe
Vilafonté is an urban winery.— Mike Ratcliffe
The most innovative companies have failed at more things than they were successful with.— Mike Ratcliffe
Nobody is talking about the 2014 vintage; it’s bizarre!— Mike Ratcliffe
2015’s vintage is truly exceptional!— Mike Ratcliffe
We’re going large, so we’re investing.— Mike Ratcliffe
We need to get our prices up! The farmers need to make more money.— Mike Ratcliffe
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