Le Riche Wines is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in close proximity to the historic town of Stellenbosch. The winery was designed to replicate our previous winery in Jonkershoek, which was built in 1911. With old style open top concrete fermentation tanks mixed with a modern minimum intervention wine making approach, the winery provides a platform to create ultra-premium red wines in a classic South African style. Production is 8000×6 cases a year, with the Reserve range consisting of only about 1000 cases. The wines are rare, but worth sourcing.
Le Riche Wines was founded by Etienne le Riche in 1996. Joined by his son, Christo, who is charge of production and marketing and daughter, Yvonne, a Cape Wine Master who oversees the export and administration of the winery, the business is now run as a family concern. Coming from an illustrious career in the South African wine industry, Etienne decided to create a winery where he could express the cultivar he had grown to love and respect, Cabernet Sauvignon. The approach was simple, to illustrate the nuances of Stellenbosch Cabernets as best possible. Preferring not to be inhibited by estate classification, he chose to select grapes from the best possible terroirs Stellenbosch had to offer. This philosophy remains the foundation of Le Riche Wines today. The resulting wines have shown great elegance and class, consistently proving to be of superb quality and maturation potential.
Our wines have achieved various local and international accolades, including six Platter 5 star awards, Platter Red wine of the year in 2010, Top100 SA Wines consistency award for the last 5 year running and various Veritas double golds. Tim Atkin has classified us as a South African second growth winery with scores of 92-94 for all our wines. Etienne is a founder member of the Cape Winemakers Guild and our Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has received the highest price on auction for the last couple of years.Cabernet Sauvignon is our passion, and we strive for quality, elegance and consistency in every bottle we produce.