Ridgeview partner with Polar Explorer Ben Saunders

(Ben Saunders – Photo credit – Canada Goose)

Ridgeview has teamed up with the inspirational Polar explorer Ben Saunders as a supporter and official wine partner. Ben is currently attempting the first ever solo, unassisted and unsupported crossing of Antarctica. As one of the world’s leading polar explorers, Ben has covered more than 6,000 kms on foot in the Polar regions since 2001. This latest expedition was first attempted by Ben’s friend Lt Col Henry Worsley who nearly completed the journey before falling ill and passing away in January 2016. Ben is determined to finish the expedition in Henry’s honour while raising money for the Endeavour fund.

After a chance meeting at Ridgeview with Ben Saunders, both parties got together to swap values and ideas. Together they instantly found a synergy between Ben’s ground-breaking, brave spirit and Ridgeview’s pioneering, bold efforts in establishing an English sparkling brand when it was unheard of as a product in the global world of wine.

Ben commented on the partnership from his tent in Antarctica: “The ability to celebrate – as well as to endure – is a vital part of any human endeavor. I’m proud to be partnering with Ridgeview, and a glass of their world-class sparkling wine is the perfect way to toast the completion (and indeed the launch) of an expedition. As a British, family-run company, Ridgeview have been unafraid to take on steep odds, giant competitors and lofty goals, and the wine they produce is testament to their passion and attention to detail. I’m delighted to be working with them”.

Ridgeview will be supporting Ben and following his inspirational journey. Tamara Roberts CEO of Ridgeview commented; “We were so inspired by Ben who is incredibly brave, determined and uncompromising with such an infectious spirit. We felt a great alignment with Ben’s values and not being afraid to be different. Ben’s latest journey in honour of his friend Lt Henry Worsley is so honourable and an inspiration to us all. We are looking forward to toasting a glass of Ridgeview with Ben on his return.”

Ben is one of the world’s leading polar explorers who has covered more than 6,000 kms on foot in the Polar regions since 2001. Ben completed the Scott Expedition that defeated Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton in 2014 and holds the record for the longest solo Artic journey by a Briton. In this latest expedition Ben will be covering over 1000 miles which is expected to take around 65 days to reach his destination in the New Year.

Ridgeview will be closely following the journey of Ben Saunders and this admirable journey on his blog http://bensaunders.com/ You can also sponsor Ben and the Endeavour Fund directly at  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/polarben

Vineyard Manager Matthew Strugnell reflects on 2017 growing season

2017 Harvest could be defined as a season of two halves: pre and post fruit set.

An early bud burst makes the viticulturist nervous.  The widely reported Spring frosts were indeed severe, and in some parts of the country, too severe for any of the usual frost protection methods.  At Ridgeview we were able to reduce any damage to the bare minimum using bougies.

May and June were both warm and sunny which led to very early flowering. We normally say that flowering occurs at some point during Wimbledon; this year we were in full flower in time for the French Open final.  Mid way through flowering, I calculated that we could well be harvesting on September 25th, a full 5 days earlier than we had ever picked before and only the second September harvest we have done.

The weather remained superb until the berries were petit pois size.  Late July, although the temperatures were still reasonable, we had well above average rainfall.  This continued throughout August, so berry growth was very rapid.  This had the potential to cause early botrytis, so canopy management and well timed sprays were crucial.

Veraison was early and fairly quick,  so my early prediction of Sept 25th held true.  The ripening period continued to be wet, so we selectively removed some fruit in the heaviest cropping areas.  We kept leaf removal to a minimum to give some aeration to the bunches, but to maximise photosynthesis.

Some bunch weights were very impressive.  Chardonnay was particularly good; high level of cropping (13,000kg / ha), well ripened and free of disease.  Pinot noir, the yields were lower but really flavoursome. Meunièr had some really huge ripe bunches, but fewer in number.

All in all a challenging year, but we got very good yields of ripe, lovely clean flavoursome fruit, and as a Vineyard Manager I couldn’t ask for much more than that!

Matthew Strugnell

Vineyard Manager

Exclusive Hotels and Venues announces English sparkling wine Ridgeview as new house pour

Exclusive Hotels and Venues is pleased to announce that English Sparkling Wine Ridgeview has been appointed as the official house pour across the portfolio. The partnership, which commences this Summer, will focus on Bloomsbury and the Fitzrovia Rosé sparkling wines.

Founded in 1995, Ridgeview is family run winery based in Ditchling, Sussex and are renowned for their award-winning range. Last year, Ridgeview were named as the official sparkling wine of No.10 Downing Street and the portfolio has also been chosen for numerous state banquets at Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Andrew Farrow, David Connell and Danny Pecorelli of Exclusive Hotels with Tamara Roberts, Mardi Roberts and Tom Surgey of Ridgeview Wine Estate at South Lodge. photo ©Julia Claxton

Tamara Roberts CEO of Ridgeview commented “It is wonderful to be working with Exclusive Hotels and Venues. With such beautiful settings with passionate staff that we feel Exclusive are the perfect match for Ridgeview.  As a family business with shared values we look forward to working together and we are very proud to have our wines listed at such prestigious venues.”

On the appointment, Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director at Exclusive, comments “We are thrilled to have Ridgeview on board as the official sparkling pour for the Exclusive portfolio. We are always keen to support and champion local businesses, and with Ridgeview’s award-winning credentials and dedication to quality it was a natural choice for us to make.”

Exclusive Hotels and Venues is a collection of 4 five star hotels, 2 country house venues and 1 stunning golf club. It boasts award-winning restaurants, a world class spa, and personality in abundance. The beautiful, individual bedrooms and suites make for perfect hotel breaks.

Ridgeview named Viticulture Grower of the Year

Ridgeview has been proclaimed as Viticulture Grower of the Year in Horticulture Week’s Annual Grower of the Year Awards. Hosted at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, the awards gathered over 500 professionals to celebrate the very best of UK production horticulture. As proof of how far the English wine industry has progressed Grower of the Year Awards introduced a category for Viticulture for the first time in 2017. There are now over 500 vineyards in the UK producing over 5 million bottles per year and the land under vine in England in 2017 is set to increase by 18%.

Ridgeview have been pioneering in English sparkling viticulture since their foundation in 1995. Established by Mike and Chris Roberts they were one of the first to identify the potential of Southern England as a world class sparkling wine producing region. The viticultural map of the UK has changed dramatically in Ridgeview’s life time. Cool climate wine production is challenging and Ridgeview have learnt to adapt processes and techniques to reflect this. From the onset, Ridgeview have been committed to sustainable practices in viticulture and are widely regarded for their dedication to quality and innovation.

Ridgeview’s Viticulture Grower of the Year award was accepted by Vineyard Manager Matt Strugnell, who has managed Ridgeview’s home estate and has assisted many of their partnership vineyards for over 15 years. Matt has been instrumental in the care and attention to detail of the vineyard and passionate about the production of the very best grapes possible.

Quote from Matt: ‘This was the first time that viticulture has been recognised by an award in the UK, and to be the recipient was a real honour and something of which I am very proud. Managing one of the leading vineyards in the English sparkling wine revival has its challenges but has been so rewarding. This award is a great acknowledgment of Ridgeview’s innovation and progression in the last 20 years. ‘

Ridgeview now export 20% of production to 13 countries around the world and their sparkling wines have been used on many prestigious occasions including served by the Queen to President Obama and the Chinese State President. This success could not have happened without the raw material of grapes being of the highest quality and Ridgeview are thrilled for this to be acknowledged by Grower of the Year Awards.

Media requests, images and interviews can be arranged by contacting Astrid Lewis on 07598269842 (astrid@spritzmarketing.co.uk), Elizabeth Cook (elizabeth@spritzmarketing.co.uk) or Mardi Roberts (mardi@ridgeview.co.uk).

Matt Strugnell – Ridgeview Vineyard Manager, Luke Spalding – Ridgeview Vineyard Assistant accepting

‘Viticulture Grower of the Year Award’ from compare Jo Caulfield at the Horticulture Week Grower of the Year Awards

 Notes for editors:  Ridgeview Wine Estate:

  • Ridgeview is a family company dedicated solely to the production of the highest quality, traditional method sparkling wine from classic Champagne varieties and methods. They celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015.
  • In just 15 years of sales Ridgeview has won over 250 medals and 27 trophies in International and National Competitions In 2010 they were awarded the ultimate accolade for the trophy for best sparkling wine in the world in Decanter World Wine Awards, the only time this trophy has been awarded to a wine outside Champagne.
  • Their sparkling wine has also been served by Her Majesty at state banquets at Buckingham Palace and for the official Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations including in 2015 at the State Banquet for the Chinese President at Buckingham Palace.
  • Ridgeview wines were chosen by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson to launch the World Encyclopaedia of Wine in New York.
  • Founder Mike Roberts (1943-2014) chaired English Wine Producers and awarded an MBE in 2011 for his services to English
  • The second generation of the Roberts family, their daughter Tamara and son Simon, have lead roles in the management and winemaking and continue to develop Ridgeview as a pioneer within the wine industry.
  • Ridgeview wines are sold in the finest restaurants and speciality retailers throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Ridgeview export reseller portfolio is rapidly expanding; the wines are sold in 12 countries worldwide including USA, Holland, Japan, Australia and Finland. They currently export 20% of their production & aim to take this further alongside their expansion to increase production to 500,000 bottles by 2020.
  • February 2015 saw Ridgeview Wine Estate awarded one of DEFRA’s Top 50 Food Stars. 50 Food and Drink Stars was set up in response to the revival of food and drink industries in the UK, and to recognise food and drink entrepreneurs for their contribution to the UK’s economy.
  • Ridgeview won the Small Business Award of the year at the 2015 Sussex Business Awards, in 2016 Ridgeview was named Best London and South East Business Family Business of the Year in the Family Business United Awards
  • The official sparkling wine for all No. 10 Downing Street receptions is Ridgeview Bloomsbury.
  • Ridgeview’s CEO Tamara Roberts named Sussex Business Woman of the Year ‘Business Women in Excellence Awards 2016’
  • Ridgeview winemaking team are behind the production of Great Windsor Park Sparkling wine, managed by Laithwaites within Her Majesty’s Windsor Estate

Ridgeview appoints Banville as US national distributor

Ridgeview are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Banville Wine Merchants. As part of an expansion push in the US market, Ridgeview and Banville have agreed a national import and distribution arrangement that reflects a shared commitment to excellent fine wines from great terroirs.

Lia Tolaini-Banville, Owner of Banville Wine Merchants stated: “Ridgeview makes for the perfect addition to our growing portfolio. Nestled at the foot of South Downs, this second-generation,family-owned winery is the embodiment of Banville’s philosophy: great wine from great terroir.” 

“US demand for English sparklers is growing, and we are proud to be part of making these great wines more widely available in the USA. We couldn’t be more pleased about our partnership with Banville Wine Merchants,”  said Ridgeview CEO Tamara Roberts. “Banville’s portfolio selection is a testament to their insistence on high quality imports and we are happy to be among these. Their headquarters in New York allows us to build our presence in US markets where demand for English sparkling wine is greatest, while giving us the support we need to be successful in continuing to spread our efforts throughout the USA.”

Ridgeview Wine Estate was founded in 1995 by the Roberts family. Ridgeview are the proud winners of numerous international sparkling wine trophies and their wine is served regularly at Buckingham Palace and the official sparkling wine of No. 10 Downing Street. Leading the way in export of English sparkling wine, Ridgeview can now be found in 14 countries around the world.

Banville Wine Merchants was founded in 2004 by Pier Luigi Tolaini and his daughter Lia Tolaini with a head office in New York City. Banville is a national fine wine importer with a focus on European imports, specifically family-owned, terroir driven producers’ therefore is the perfect fit for Ridgeview to increase their successful US presence.

The Queen serves Ridgeview to Chinese Premier

Ridgeview’s Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2009 was served last night at the state banquet held by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace as part of the current state visit by Chinese Premier Xi Jinping.

Guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, PM David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Jinping and his wife. They were served Ridgeview’s Grosvenor 2009 Brut as an aperitif before dinner which included fillet of West Coast turbot and loin of Balmoral venison in a Madeira  and truffle sauce.

Tamara Roberts, CEO said of the news; “We’re thrilled that our Grosvenor 2009 was served on such a prestigious occasion and are honoured that it has now been enjoyed at three state banquets including being served to President Obama. This is testament to the British royal family’s support and belief in the quality of English sparkling wine on an international stage.”

From The Guardian: “… nurturers of Britain’s nascent wine industry with an eye on an emerging markets, where appreciation of wine is a status symbol, might hope that senior communist party palettes will haves been ticklet by the Ridgeview Grosvenor 2009, a sparkling English wine…”

To read The Guardian’s full article click here.

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Gordon Ramsay to serve Ridgeview in Bordeaux restaurant.

Read Henry Samuel’s article for The Telegraph, on the news that British celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, is to serve sparkling English wine at his newly opened Bordeaux restaurant.

Ridgeview is to feature on the wine list, alongside other English wine producers including Gusbourne Estate, Coates & Seely and Cornwall’s Camel Valley.

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