SEBASTIAN RILEY-SMITH INTERVIEWS
LEADING FIGURES FROM THE GREAT
WINE HOUSES OF THE WORLD
Rita Tua
Tua Rita
Following first plantings of Merlot and
Cabernet vines in 1984, the Tua Rita
winery released its first vintage in 1992.
Praise and accolades soon arrived from
wine enthusiasts around the world
who loved the rich, full-bodied wines.
In just five short years, the 100%
Merlot achieved cult-like status,
receiving outstanding ratings from the
world’s most prestigious wine critics
and publications. Critic Robert M.
Parker Jr. said the 1999 Redigaffi was
“as close to perfection as a wine can
get.” The following year, he gave the
2000 Redigaffi a perfect 100 score.