Celebrate! It's English Wine Week 2014

English Wine Week runs officially from 24th May 2014 to 1st June 2014, and if you're near a vineyard, it's well worth looking up to see if they are planning any activities that you can immerse yourself in.

Over the Week, vineyards and outlets across the country will be highlighting English wines, offering an opportunity to taste and get to know English wines better.

If you're in the East Sussex area why not treat yourself to a trip on the Sussex Gourmet Bus Tour, run by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, one of the UK's largest food and drink events. The Wine Bus tours launch on 24th May in English Wine Week, and then subsequently on every fourth Saturday, taking in Ridgeview Wine Estate and the Bolney Wine Estate.

If you didn't know, wine has actually been made continuously in England since pre-Roman times, but a clear revival has taken place over the last 50 years, resulting in the accolades of recent years. In fact, the UK is now recognised as a premium wine-producing region, with English and Welsh wines winning many prestigious international awards.  There are over 400 vineyards in England and Wales covering some 3,500 acres and producing sparkling and still wines. The majority are situated across the South of England and there are plenty of events lined up to help you get familiar with English wine and learn more about wine growing in this country.

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Ridgeview, 23/5/14 11:40

"Would I admit to my French friends (who make such glorious wine) how often I drink English these days? Yes. Proudly."

Hugh Johnson

" Here’s one of England’s finest fizzes, with lovely freshness, lemony acidity and a bit of toasty richness. Quite complex and brilliantly balanced, this would convert any sceptic."

Jamie Goode

"… Today’s king of fizz is Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate."

Anthony Rose

"England's vinous glory: fizz made in the image of champagne.  Alluring and zesty - a sort of rustic Bollinger."

Jancis Robinson

"If the Champenois get to taste this ...They will be booking their seats on the Eurostar."

Tim Atkin

"Thank you for a wonderful visit and a sensational tasting. I greatly enjoyed visiting Ridgeview and tasting your delicious wines.  Many congratulations for your great work."

Gerard Basset