Our people

Ridgeview was founded in 1994 by Mike and Chris Roberts, sadly Mike Roberts passed away in 2014. A pioneer in the English Wine Industry, Mike was chair of the English Wine Producers and was awarded an MBE for his services to English wine in 2011.

The second generation of the Roberts family continue active roles in the management, winemaking and marketing of their award winning wine and carry on the legacy of producing the finest Traditional Method English Sparkling Wines.

The family's dedication, passion and determination have significantly contributed to the international reputation and popularity now attributed to English Sparkling Wine.

This passion and determination is shared by a great team of dedicated staff who are all fundamental to the continuing success of Ridgeview.

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Mike Roberts MBE, co-founder of Ridgeview


Ridgeview’s trade mark MERRET™ is in honour of Englishman Christopher Merret. In 1662 he presented a paper to the Royal Society in London which documented the process of making traditional method sparkling wines. This was 30 years before the technique was documented in champagne. To celebrate Merret’s achievements Ridgeview has kept a London connection when naming our range of wines.


"What you get here in Sussex and in Champagne is fully ripe grapes with great flavour. English grapes have super-acidity – the hallmark of a good sparkling wine."

Mike Roberts