After years working and drinking wine around the world, Chris and Sonya Wilcock and their young family returned to New Zealand with a dream of producing world class wines from the Hawke’s Bay.
Buying bare land in the emerging Bridge Pa Triangle Wine Growing Region of Hawke’s Bay in 2000, the Wilcock family bought into a dream that these unique soils could make some of the worlds best wines. After many years planning, developing, planting and nuturing, our home, Cardoness Vineyard, produces premium Hawke’s Bay Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.
In late 2008 Ash Ridge Wines was established to produce a range of premium wines using fruit from our own vineyard. In order to create a range of Bridge Pa Triangle wines we have also partnered with the Peet Vineyard. The vineyard is based on an ash pumice ridge of soil, and is planted in merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec.
Establishing a home
In January 2011 we reached a major milestone with the opening of our new “home” in the form of our Cellar Door. Situated in our olive grove, completely surrounded by vineyard, and with stunning views of the Roys Hill’s and the Ruahine Ranges, this provides the perfect place for us to show you our wines and our “terrior”.
2012 brought a major milestone with our young winery being awarded the Hawke’s Bay Winery of the Year at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Wine Awards. An amazing achievement for a young winery.
In January 2014, in our biggest step to date, we opened our brand new Winery on our home site. The 100 tonne winery was designed to offer all modern winemaking facilities in a boutique size, allowing us to be truly hands on with our winemaking. Our small winemaking team can nurture the process from vineyard to bottle.
2014 also brought a second major award, with Ash Ridge winning the Hawke’s Bay Winery of the Year for the second time in three years.
Whilst we remain at the beginning of our wine journey, with many vintages of premium wine to come, we are keen to acknowledge all of the hard work that has been made to make Ash Ridge what it is today.