International wine and spirit competition success

Ridgeview were extremely proud to be awarded two trophies at the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition Award Ceremony at the Guildhall in London. Ridgeview received the International Trophy for Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine for the second time and the award for English Wine Producer of the Year for the fifth time.

The team were incredibly excited on the night to hear that Ridgeview was also on the shortlist for International Wine Maker of the year, which was won by McGuigan wines.

Best sparking wine award in Dutch competition

In June 2011 we launched Ridgeview Sparkling wines in Holland through Karakter Wine Imports.  Therefore, we are thrilled to announce that Ridgeview’s Cavendish 2009 has been awarded the prize for the Best Sparkling Wine in the 23rd Proefschrift Magazine Competition.

This competition is one of the most respected competitions in the Dutch market. Please see here for details.

Decanter World Wine Awards

Ridgeview’s Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2007 has won a Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine.

The article on the Decanter website reads as follows :

Some 30 years, Mike Roberts, head of multi-award winning RidgeView Estate, was taking the day off from his then-job as the financial director of an international public company and found himself at the Melbourne Cup.

Thinking he ought to enter into the spirit of the day
and place a bet, he looked in a local paper and saw a horse called “Champagne Boy” and put $5 on the 35/1 outsider which duly came in first. Mike often wonders if this was an omen of things to come!

Created in 1995, RidgeView Estate is without doubt the UK’s most consistent quality sparkling wine producer. Whilst (a very few) others may challenge it for winning medals and awards for their sparkling wines, none can match the Robert’s output for variety and consistency, year after year.

This is demonstrated by winning, for the second year in a row, the UK Trophy with their Chardonnay-based Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs. Whereas in 2001, it was the 2006 vintage which won the trophy – and went on to win the trophy for best sparkling wine from any country – this year it is the 2007 vintage that triumphed.

Mike Roberts says: “What we set out to create with the Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs is a wine that reflects the uniqueness of our site – perhaps what others might call the terroir.

The Chardonnay we grow at RidgeView produces a wine with a backbone of acidity with an undertone of minerality and a touch of tropical fruit.”

Although their supply base now stretches across several hundred miles of the counties on Kent, East and West Sussex and Hampshire, the 2007 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs comes from the Chardonnay vines, now 16 years old, which surround the winery. This patch of vines, with its roots now digging into the chalk below, were also responsible for producing last year’s winner, the 2006 vintage of the same wine.

The 2007 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs has a superb, lingering, mouth-watering acidity, backed up by considerable fruit on the middle palate and very good length and, if anything, is slightly longer and fuller than the 2006. In terms of sheer enjoyment, its one of the best sparkling wines I have ever tasted.

See the article on the Decanter website here

Royal President for UK vineyards association

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has become the new President of The United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

Her Royal Highness takes over the position from Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who retires from the role. Lord Montagu will become Honorary Lifetime President, in recognition of his long term dedication and commitment to the UK wine industry.

The UKVA President is the figurehead of the UK wine industry; the UKVA is the central body of growers and producers, through which the industry is kept informed of legislation and all technical matters, and advised on best practice in viticulture and winemaking. The national competition for the industry, the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition is organised by the UKVA and is the only competition of its kind to be judged solely by Masters of Wine.

The English and Welsh wine industry has seen exponential growth over the last 10 years, and the quality of its wines is now widely acknowledged on the world stage. The industry continues to grow and the industry itself is contributing to the rural economy, through rural employment, land management and regional tourism.

Her Royal Highness has already visited English vineyards CamelValley in Cornwall and Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, where she was impressed by the quality of the wines. English and Welsh wines have been served on a number of Royal occasions.

“We are delighted and honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be our new President” commented Ian Edwards, Chairman of the UKVA. “Her support of this growing industry acknowledges the phenomenal growth in awareness of English and Welsh vineyards and wines. We are immensely proud of the achievements of many of our wines and are looking forward to continued success and increased volumes.

“I would like to extend, on behalf of the English and Welsh industry, our heartfelt thanks to Lord Montagu, whose unfailing support for our vineyards and wines stretches back decades.”

Former UKVA Chairman, Bob Lindo, added: “Her Royal Highness’s evident interest in our industry’s wines makes her an ideal figurehead for our industry. We are all so proud that she will be our new President.”