Our story

A short film created by the talented Dave Thomas from Picnic films. Dave contacted Ridgeview for a film project and spent various days with us across a year so he could follow the processes of grape to glass for a season. Here is an short version of the film for you to enjoy.

The full length version, which runs for around 10 minutes can be seen in our tasting room. Dave was a delight to work with and made everyone feel very relaxed. He has captured perfectly the spirit and essence of what makes Ridgeview so special. We hope you like it as much as we do.

We welcome visitors to our beautiful vineyard and winery which is nestled at the foot of the South Downs in the village of Ditchling. We are in an ideal location set within the picturesque South Downs national park and close to the bustling city of Brighton & Hove. Please see here for our opening times.

If you wish to book onto one of our General Tours please go to our Tours & Tasting page for further information and booking.


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.

Visit the Our People, Vineyard & Winery pages to learn more about us.


Ridgeview old stables winery image

"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