Still a fruit farm at the time, it did not emerge Warwick only emerged at the forefront of the South African wine scene when Stan and Norma Ratcliffe bought the estate in 1964 and began to develop the land with an extensive focus on classic Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Through determination and commitment, Norma Ratcliffe became one of the first female winemakers in the Cape with the Warwick estate and one of the most famous wine personalities whose legacy is immortalised in the Warwick "First Lady" series.
The first wine under the Warwick label was launched in 1984. At that time it was still called "La Femme Bleu" - "Blue Lady", as it is known today. Two years later, in 1986, the Warwick Trilogy, a blend of three Bordeaux-style varieties, was released. This has since been recognised as a truly iconic wine, gracing some of the world's greatest wine lists. Over the years, the wines from Warwick have won many awards such as Platter's Wine Guide, Michelangelo International Wine Awards and Mundus Vini, establishing the brand in South Africa as well as internationally.