ShapeShifter

Meet Mike Ratcliffe, MD of Warwick Wine Estate (one of SA's most innovative)

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

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Mike Ratcliffe, Managing Director at Vilafonté and Warwick Wine Estate, for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

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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