It has been an amazing few weeks at Ridgeview, we have been living by our mantra ‘Life is for Celebrating’.
Our recent run of success kicked off with one of the greatest accolades we could have dreamed of, when we were awarded “Winemaker of the Year” in the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018. The first time in the IWSC’s 49-year history that this has been presented to an English producer. Such a wonderful reward for Ridgeview’s decades of passion and dedication in helping establish the blossoming category of English sparkling wine.
Hot on the heels of this we were honoured to be awarded a Gold for our Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2014, at the International Wine Competition. As one of only two golds for sparkling wines outside of France, this is a great achievement considering the amazing competition of incredible sparkling wines from around the world.
Our exclusive blend for M&S, Ridgeview Marksman Blanc de Blancs 2014, has been receiving wonderful press, crowned the winner of the Daily Mail Awards “Best English Sparking Wines” by Matthew Jukes and top pick by Olly Smith as Best of British for Christmas, “Up there with the best fizz in the world”. Jamie Goode also recommended our Ridgeview Wine Society English Exhibition range in the Express, as ”delicious … with a real zip”.
Whilst celebrating all these achievements, it was a fantastic reward for our CEO Tamara Robert’s tireless efforts for Ridgeview and the wider industry, to be awarded joint winner of ‘International Business Woman of the Year’, at the Sussex Business Women in Excellence Awards.
It has been a busy few weeks, making history for English Sparkling wine, however 2018 has marked many more achievements for Ridgeview. We launched our contemporary new branding in May at the Savoy; successfully opened our Ridgeview Wine Club, named OurView, in September with numbers excelling expectations; held our first RidgeFest; and most importantly celebrated our biggest, most fruitful harvest in history.
With export markets up 25% this year and our recent listing at one of the world’s most prestigious, 3 Michelin Starred restaurants, ‘The French Laundry’ in California, our current issue is keeping up with demand, which is a nice situation to be in! Thankfully we are thrilled to announce we will be building a new winery at the start of 2019 which will allow us to double our production facilities and enhance our visitor facilities over the next few years.
There is only one thing left to do this year and that is thank everyone for your continued loyal support and to remember our founder’s philosophy, ‘Life is for Celebrating’.