Robert and Vivienne Ritchie planted the first vines at Delatite in 1968, built the winery in 1982, and their daughter Rosalind was the winemaker from 1982 until her retirement in 2005.
In late 2007 Robert and Vivienne’s son David purchased the winery from his parents and continues the family tradition. He’s always understood that this site is special and all of Delatite’s wines truly are a product of the terroir of the vineyard.
The ripening period over the last 30 years has been characterized by warm days and cold nights – late varieties such as Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon were picked between mid April and late May. However, that seems to have all changed since 2002!
The last few vintages have been both early and mixed-up with late varieties often ripening around the same time as Pinot noir. This is reflected in the increased flavour, colour, and depth in our red wines since 2004 but has meant shorter, more intense vintages.
Delatite is best known for its aromatic whites that have won many trophies and medals over the years, as well as receiving great reviews around the world.