Tours/Opening Times

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

OPENING TIMES : TASTINGS & SALES

Normal opening times are:
Monday - Sunday 11am - 4pm.

TOURS 

Throughout the year we host a number of general tours. Pre-booking is essential as they do sell out. Please see below for dates and how to book.

Alternatively you may wish to book a private tour or purchase a gift certificate. Please contact us for further details. A £30 deposit is required to secure a private booking.

FOOD & WINE TOURS 

To be held once a month these food and wine tours will include all the elements of our general tours ... with added extras!

On top of all the usual elements, we'll be serving up platters of delicious local charcuterie, cheese, salmon and breads to enjoy during the tasting.

WINEMAKER TOURS

We host a small number of exclusive winemaker-led tours and tastings. These tours give you the opportunity to meet the craftsmen behind our wines. During the tasting we'll also include a rare archive wine, to give you the opportunity to discover the effect that extended ageing brings to our wines.

TO REDEEM A TOUR & TASTING VOUCHER

To redeem your voucher, please check the available dates below and then email retail@ridgeview.co.uk stating your chosen date along with your name and voucher number.

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY

Join Ridgeview at our Summer Garden Party on Saturday 26th August for a fun-filled family day!

With stunning panoramic views of the South Downs, Ridgeview bar, food from our friends at Garlic Wood Farm (food served from 1-3pm) and plenty to keep you entertained, it's the perfect way to start your Bank Holiday weekend. We’ll have live music, tours of the vineyard & winery and Poppy's Parties will be returning to entertain the little ones. The day will run from 12noon all the way through to 6pm, so feel free to come along either for a couple of hours or stay to enjoy the whole day!

 

GENERAL TOURS

Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Cost: £15 per person
Max no. of people: 20

What's included?

  • Tour of the vineyard where we grow the grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
  • Explanation of the various vineyard activities that occur throughout the year
  • Tour of our state-of-the-art specialist winery and equipment An insight into the sparkling wine making process
  • Visit to the cellars where secondary bottle fermentation takes place
  • Tasting of all our current releases in our picturesque tasting room that overlooks the South Downs

Please Note:

  • Private Tours are subject to the availability of our staff so we recommend that two or three alternative dates are suggested when enquiring.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate babies or children under the age of 18 years on our tours. However you are more than welcome to visit for a tasting. 
  • No dogs (apart from guide dogs).
  • We have disabled access to our Winery and Tasting Room.
  • We do not accept bookings from Stag or Hen parties (or companies working on behalf of such groups).

 

TOUR DATES 2017

"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