Chris and Sonya Wilcock and their young family returned to New Zealand in late 2007 with a dream of producing world class but affordable wines from the Hawkes Bay. Whilst the return is recent, Ash Ridge is by no means a “new” venture, with work going on behind the scenes for many years to perfect the vineyards and wines that we are today extremely proud about.
Buying bare land on the Heretaunga plains in 2000, the Wilcock and Smith families bought into a dream that these unique soils could make some of the worlds best varietal wines. After many years planning, developing, planting and nuturing, they are proud today to have the maturing Cardoness Vineyard, producing premium Hawkes Bay Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The Peet Family Vineyard was founded in 2003 by Jon and Emma Peet. The vineyard is based on an ash pumice ridge of soil, and is planted in sauvignon blanc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec. In late 2008 the Wilcock and Peet family established Ash Ridge Wines to produce a range of premium wines using fruit from their own vineyards. They now produce a range of four wines, two from each vineyard.
In the middle of 2010 Jon and Emma decided to concentrate on grape growing and Ash Ridge Wines is now solely operated by Chris and Sonya Wilcock. Their belief is that quality wine starts in the vineyard – they aim to produce single vineyard wines that truly reflect their origin, through their hands-on approach to vineyard management and the winemaking process. Click the image above to visit the Ash Ridge website.