Knowing how to educate and sell has made David Ridge a fixture in the Australian wine business. With over 3 decades in hospitality, David has experience in almost every aspect of a broad and fascinating field – from retail, hotel, restaurant and distribution to winery, wine industry bodies, importing, education and writing. He’s written hundreds of winelists, conducted a thousand tastings, tasted tens of thousands of wines for import, export or publications, tutored would-be show judges, advised or represented a galaxy of Australia’s and the world’s great wine names. He chooses as testimony the words of a large, old (and very successful) Barossa winemaker, who said: “Ridgey might be one of those sniffers and spitters, but at least he can sell wine.”
Tanya has spent the last 20 years working in many different aspects of the wine industry, from managing Cellar Door’s and events, to co-ordinating the wine production and export practices for several South Australian wineries. She is passionate about good food and wine, and enjoys being part of the industry. She is loving working alongside David, and learning more about what David knows best – Italian wine. Being of Italian descent herself, it feels like coming home!
We know distribution.
David Ridge has had over twenty years experience as a partner or principal in distribution. His companies, Classic Wine Merchants, David Ridge Wines and Distinguished Vineyards, represented some of the great names of Australian wine: Jim Barry, Cullen, Clarendon Hills, Cape Mentelle, Evans and Tate, Giaconda, Henschke, Mt Horrocks, Irvine, Tim Knappstein and Knappstein Lenswood, Leuwin Estate, Mitchelton, Oakridge, Primo Estate/JOSEPH, Petaluma/Bridgewater Mill/Croser, Shaw & Smith, Stonier.