Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs of Ponting Wines: S7E8

Cricket legend Ricky Ponting and renowned winemaker Ben Riggs join us in the Season 7 finale episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast, to discuss their new venture Ponting Wines.

When I first heard that Ricky Ponting was starting his own wine company, I’ll admit that my initial reaction was, ‘not another celebrity wine brand’.

But I subsequently learnt that there was much more to Ponting Wines than one of those, shall we say, cynical agreements where a famous person licenses their name and image in exchange for royalties on the resulting sales.

On his retirement from test cricket in 2012, Ricky was gifted 41 bottles of Penfolds Grange by Cricket Australia – one for every test century he scored in his remarkable career.

This certainly helped crystallise an interest in wine that Ricky and his wife Rhianna have since continued to explore in his retirement.

Ricky and Rhianna are partners in Ponting Wines and they see it as a long-term venture that they can maybe one day pass on to their children.

Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs of Ponting Wines
Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs of Ponting Wines

And they are working on this project with a very reputable winemaker. Ben Riggs has been in the winemaking game both in Australia and internationally for more than 35 years, initially at renowned McLaren Vale winery Wirra Wirra. And then later at his own company, Mr Riggs Wine Co., which he founded in 2001.

Ben and the Pontings are working on the project with drinks industry veteran David Krenich, who spent 17 years in commercial and marketing roles at Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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