Open for Celebration

Ridgeview’s Latest Campaign

Launched during English Wine Week, Drinks marketing agency YesMore has assisted Ridgeview in producing a new campaign to celebrate the gradual opening up as the UK emerges from lockdown.

This creative centres around the tagline ‘Open for celebration’ whether that’s opening your bottle or celebrating life opening up again. The videos focus on four styles of personality when opening your bottle of sparkling: the perfectionist, the magician, the squealy popper and the first timer.

Mardi Roberts, Director of Communications at Ridgeview commented:

“During the last year it has been fantastic working with YesMore, evolving our brand message whilst keeping celebration at our heart. The new creative was great fun to develop and create the popping personalities by asking ‘How do you open for celebration?”

Tom Harvey, co-founder at YesMore Agency, added:

“The new Ridgeview ads and strategy try to capture something of the excitement we all feel when we open a bottle of fizz. That excitement and anticipation – it’s always an occasion – and right now, many people are looking to cautiously celebrate once more.”

So…how do you pop?

Ridgeview Sparkling Wine

RIDGEVIEW’S FOOD AND WINE PAIRING GUIDE

Discover a whole new world of taste when pairing exquisite English wine with complementary cuisine.

Kickstart your journey to the perfect pairing with our foodie guide. It’s packed full of recipe ideas, inspiration and insider tips from top chefs and wine experts.

Discover a range of delicious food pairing options for each of the Ridgeview collection.

BLOOMSBURY NV

Smoked Salmon | Crab | Canapés

SPOTLIGHT ON

SMOKED SALMON – The citrus fruit aroma and fine mousse adds a crisp freshness to this rich delicacy.

RECIPES

Try these smoked salmon roulades or dill blinis.

SHOP

Springs Smokery are the ultimate go-to for organically-fed and traditionally smoked fish in 50 year-old kilns.

THE FLINTHOUSE

Ben McKellar, top chef and founder of the inimitable Gingerman Restaurants Group recommends:

Sweetcorn fritter with Jalapeño mayonnaise

From their June 2021 menu at The Flinthouse, Brighton

Dine at any of their five Gingerman restaurants and discover more delicious dishes to pair with Bloomsbury NV.

CAVENDISH NV

Duck | Trout | Charcuterie

CLUES FROM THE KITCHEN

Michael Bremner, trailblazing chef and founder of 64 Degrees and Murmur:

‘You should try Cavendish NV with our Catch of the day tacos or even Grilled chilli squid with Asian salad and miso dressing at Murmur. These vibrant flavours make for a very exciting pairing.’

Visit 64 Degrees or Murmur for their latest menus and discover more ways to bring food and wine to life.

SPOTLIGHT ON

DUCK: As a pinot-dominant blend, the red berry flavours and notes of spice match beautifully with the sweet, earthiness of the meat whilst the Chardonnay adds finesse and freshness.

RECIPES

Try Nigella Lawson’s duck with soy and ginger.

Or Raymond Blanc’s Classic French recipe, roasted duck with orange marmalade.

FITZROVIA ROSÉ

Lobster | Summer Pudding | Strawberry

CLUES FROM THE KITCHEN

Kim Ratcharoen, Senior Sous Chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay used Fitzrovia Rosé in the BBC’s 2021 Great British Menu.

This ‘delicious…tangy palate cleanser’ was a Mimosa-inspired lychee sorbet with hibiscus syrup and a rosé foam.

For those of us that can only ever dream of having Kim’s culinary skills, try this simple Lychee Pavlova.

SPOTLIGHT ON

SOMETHING SWEET

RECIPES

The simple classic, Strawberries and Cream, is a delightfully fresh and fruity pairing with Fitzrovia Rosé – one of our most popular wines.

Or for an even more British and delicious pairing try, Mary Berry’s Summer Pudding packed full of sweet berry flavours.

BLANC DE BLANCS

Oysters | Lemon Butter | Scallops

HINTS FROM HERITAGE

Matt Gillan, Michelin-starred chef and founder of Heritage restaurant recommends matching Ridgeview’s Blanc de Blancs with scallops.

‘This pairs beautifully with our Dived scallop, roasted & pickled apricot, samphire and XO sauce. Something special happens when these two things come together.’

Visit Heritage for their latest menu and enjoy an inspiring host of modern-British food and wine matches.

SPOTLIGHT ON

LEMON & FISH: Look for a seafood dish that matches the intensity and freshness of this wine. Add lemon butter into the mix and the aromatic and fruity notes will truly sing. Have you tried Blanc de Blancs with Fish and Chips? You really should!

RECIPES

BLANCS DE NOIRS

Mackerel | Duck | Mushrooms

SPOTLIGHT ON

MUSHROOMS – The depth and earthiness beautifully compliments the aromatic red fruit aromas and delicate spice from the Pinot grapes.

RECIPES

Try Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s simple porcini mushroom risotto full of wild English flavours.

Or Yotam Ottolenghi’s portobello mushroom tarts with pine nuts and parsley salsa.

THE CHEF'S VERDICT

‘The red-fruit aromas of this Pinot-dominant wine matches beautifully with the rich and robust flavour of mackerel whilst the fine mousse adds a crisp finesse to the moreish oily and meaty texture.’

– Head Chef, Robert Potter, at Exclusive Collection’s Michelin starred Bybrook restaurant.

OAK RESERVE

Charcuterie | Light Game

SPOTLIGHT ON

CHARCUTERIE – This exceptional oak-aged sparkling wine offers a complimentary buttery texture and fresh, fruity notes to lift the rich, spicy flavours of cured meat.

Charcuterie with Oak Reserve NV

WINEMAKER'S HINTS

‘Try it with light shell fish like scallops or clams. Dover sole works particularly well too, as does roast chicken or light game like quail or partridge.

For something sweet, citrus infused crème brulee is a beautiful match.

But for the ultimate culinary experience, serve it with Christmas lunch – by far the best pairing!’

– Simon Roberts, Director of Winemaking, Ridgeview

ROSÉ DE NOIRS

Wild Strawberries | Smoked Salmon | Red Berries

SPOTLIGHT ON

WILD STRAWBERRIES: The creamy palatte of peach, cherry and spice compliments the sweetness of ripe strawberries.

RECIPES

Try Paul Hollywood’s Victoria Sponge for a delicious British classic. Maybe you have a secret family recipe? We’d love to know!

Or how about this Vegan strawberry cheesecake from the Happy Pear?

TIPS FROM THE TOP

‘I love the versatility of this wine when it comes to food. Being just the pinots and with the extraction of the delicate colour from the skins in the press, it can pair beautifully with the more robust flavours of roasted lamb, even Thai food and yet goes equally well with more delicately flavoured seafood dishes.

This wine is not just an aperitif, it has been made with food in mind.’

– Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview

RIDGEFEST

Ridgefest 2021

RIDGEFEST POSTPONED TO 2022

After careful consideration of the latest government guidance, we have made the difficult decision to postpone RidgeFest 2021 until next year. Our overriding concern is that under the current and potential future social distancing rules, we would not be able to deliver the onsite RidgeFest experience that would live up to all our expectations.

We will be rolling over all existing tickets over to 2022, so you don’t need to do anything!

Whilst we know this news is disappointing, we hope you understand the steps we’re taking to keep our staff, talent, suppliers and guests safe. We look forward to celebrating with you at our future RidgeFest which we hope to be bigger and better on August 27th 2022!

Thanks for your understanding,

Team RidgeFest

Refunds

If you would prefer a refund of your ticket please let us know by Friday 16th of July and refunds will be processed by Friday 30th July. Please click on the email address below and provide the booking name, reference, confirmation of the original card used for purchase and a contact number. We will be in touch if any further details are required to process the refund.

Vineyard Experiences – A Place for Everyone

Your Guide to Visiting a Vineyard

English vineyards and wineries up and down the U.K. are creating internationally renowned and global award-winning wines in breath taking countryside settings. We love nothing more than to share our passion by welcoming guests to experience the English wine-making world. There is something to inspire each and every one in ways you might not expect.

Maybe you’re already a champion of exquisite English wine, or perhaps you’re new to this and want to learn more? A visit to a vineyard can be as relaxed as you like. From a casual drop-in tasting and a walk through the vines to an elegant meal and a tailor-made tour, you can explore a local winery at your own pace.

Perhaps you associate wine tourism with historic French Champagne houses, Australian wine regions or the thrilling valleys of New Zealand? You might be surprised to know that all of this is right on your doorstep here in the UK. Read on to discover what an English Vineyard can offer you…

REASONS TO VISIT

Set in dramatic landscapes with unforgettable vistas, English vineyards offer an unrivalled opportunity to get off the beaten track. From wine enthusiasts to new experience-seekers, seasoned connoisseurs to local explorers, they’re a place for everyone to create memorable moments with those that matter.

Classic tours, tastings and guided trails are a fantastic way to experience a vineyard but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a whole host of complementary leisure activities and events. From art exhibitions, yoga classes and craft workshops, to music festivals, chef events and concerts.

English winemaking is a beautiful synthesis of family, sustainability, craftsmanship and celebration. Whether you’re on a staycation or looking for a local hidden gem, we encourage everyone to connect with us in a way that suits you so that you can find your unique place in our diverse community.

START YOUR JOURNEY

Pop into a vineyard, take in the stunning sights and surroundings and visit the cellar door. You’ll be greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff who love to share their vineyard story with you.

Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions or feel like prior knowledge is required. In fact, sharing our passion with people who are new to this is one of the most rewarding parts of what we do.

Our foundations are based upon collaboration and community. The minute you enter a vineyard, you’ll feel a part of this too.

You can often sample before you buy – just ask the cellar door team who will be more than happy to showcase their range.

Here at Ridgeview we offer tastings for our Cellar door visitors (when Covid regulations allow) or self-guided tasting flights in our Ridgeview Wine Garden because we love nothing more than sharing our world-class wine with both new and lifelong guests.

Alongside the vineyard’s unique range of wine, you can browse an exciting selection of bespoke products, experiences and heartfelt gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. We love to partner with local, artisan producers to offer exclusive items ranging from wine-infused chocolates, culinary delights and cocktail sets to spa accessories and homeware.

Click here to view Ridgeview’s Cellar Door opening times or find a vineyard near you.

TOURS AND TASTINGS

Fully-immerse yourself with a tour and tasting experience, perfect for an effortless day-out full of discovery. Get behind-the-scenes access to the delicate craft of wine-making and viticulture to be enjoyed at your leisure.

If you’ve been on a wine tour before, you’ll know it’s a relaxing yet invigorating journey and is doesn’t end there. Each winery is unique, every wine is distinctive and no two vineyards are the same.

Glass

There’s no better way to savour a wine than right at the heart of where it is made and the more vineyards you visit, the more your eyes will open to the beauty of English winemaking.

There are so many options for you to choose from for you to create a flexible personalised day-out.

Wine Cellar Door have a great directory to search for vineyard and winery tours to book directly or why not try something imaginative like a Sparkling Sussex Cycling Tour with a stay at one of the exceptional Historic Sussex Hotels.

Find out about tour and tasting experiences here at Ridgeview or why not send a gift voucher to a friend? We’d love to welcome you!

WHEN TO VISIT

Vineyards and Wineries are a hive of activity all-year round. No two days are the same and all four seasons bring new delights and challenges. Whilst the summer months are full of flowering vines and blue skies, there is so much more to experience throughout the year.

Spring

Watch the vines come to life from budburst. See the processes that vineyards are using to protect vulnerable young growth from the risk of frost.

If you are lucky, you may even see beautiful bluebells in the woods surrounding the vineyards – just like here at Ridgeview.

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Summer

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Green foliage develops in the Vineyard as vines begin their growth, you can almost watch them grow before your eyes. Flowers appear in July which are the beginnings of the grape bunches.

These berries will change colour and ripen in August/September in preparation for harvest.

Autumn

A gorgeous time to visit the vineyards as the leaves on the vines slowly change into beautiful autumnal colours. Once the Vineyard Manager and Winemaker are happy with the quality of the year’s grapes, harvest will begin. All grapes at Ridgeview are picked by hand, normally in late September or October. Look out for wineries offering harvest experience days when you might get the chance to pick the grapes yourself! A visit after harvest is a unique opportunity to check in with the Winemakers to hear about the results of the years vintage.

Winter

Bloomsbury. Ridgeview Wine photo ©Julia Claxton

This is time for the vines to rest after their hard work and they take on a wonderfully stark and atmospheric beauty. Bright and crisp winter weather brings a vineyard atmosphere like no other full of festive allure. Tour visitors will enjoy unique behind-the-scenes access to the winery and cellars for a warm, cosy and enlightening visit. The vineyard shop will be bursting with celebration gifts and winery hospitality spaces are a throng of festive events and Christmas parties.

DINING

Wine Estates offer an array of enticing hospitality experiences for both modern, casual diners and discerning foodies alike. Vineyard dining options are endless but you can be sure that the focus is always on top-quality, seasonal ingredients packed full of flavour.

Vineyards are known for platters and hampers bursting with locally-sourced produce, perfect for a picnic amongst the vines. It’s an ideal atmosphere to meet with friends and family for a relaxed get-together over a sumptuous selection of contemporary dishes and artisan boards.

Or maybe you’re looking for something more celebratory and special? Options abound from luxurious fine-dining restaurants and private events to pop-up chef events and wine pairing evenings.

Look up your local vineyard and find out more on events and activities via Wines GB.

Here in Sussex, our Ridgeview Wine Garden offers artisanal small plates and sharing boards. It’s the ideal spot to dine with friends and family accompanied by a chilled glass of Ridgeview wine.

VINEYARD STAYCATIONS

If you’re looking for a stylish staycation, a relaxing weekend break or a restorative escape to the country you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Wine GB’s directory is a great way to search for accommodation amongst the vines. Or read this article full of inspiration on arranging a vineyard mini break to suit all tastes and budgets. Visit Britain is a brilliant resource to plan an itinerary full of exciting local attractions. Or check out Sussex Modern for inspiration on creative places to be explored and enjoyed here in the South East. Sussex Food and Drink showcases all the local wine producers to visit along with food and farm shops for seasonal and sustainable purchases during your stay.

For a luxurious affair, Exclusive Collection offer unique getaways with their exquisite portfolio of hotels and spas. From well-being retreats to golfing breaks, there’s a wealth of experiences to discover.

If you’re looking for something special –  you’ll find it with Exclusive. Guests at South Lodge can enjoy a whole host of spa and dining packages with three restaurants, a bar, lounge and terrace.

Why not indulge in a lavish treatment at their Ridgeview Beauty Bar and join us here at the Estate for a tour and tasting?

Ridgeview has a fantastic relationship with local hotels and tourism providers with whom we share a love of the beauty and vibrancy of Sussex. Click here for Ridgeview’s accommodation recommendations or create your own unique stay with help from the following websites:

Visit BrightonExperience West SussexTourism South EastVisit DitchlingExperience Mid Sussex and South Downs National Park

CONNECT

Get social and follow @RidgeviewWineUK on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well as @RidgeviewWineGarden to see what special events are hosting. You can also stay in touch by signing up to the Ridgeview newsletter. We have got lots of exciting Summer plans and beyond for you to come and celebrate here with us.

Visiting a vineyard is an uplifting and joyful experience offering everyone the opportunity to connect, reset, explore and relax. However you choose to visit, you can be sure you’ll be met with a warm welcome, and leave with long-lasting memories of the time spent together.

We’d love to welcome you here at Ridgeview soon. It truly is a place for everyone.

BLOOMSBURY WINS HARPERS WINE STAR OF ENGLAND

Our Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV has been named the No. 1 Star of English Wine in the Harpers Wine Star Awards 2021. Bloomsbury NV also took the title of the Star of Sussex, Star Value and Star Taste, with Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé NV winning Star Design for its striking label.

The Harpers Wine Star Awards launched in 2017 to showcase wines of excellence from around the world with comprehensive analysis of taste, value and design by those in the trade. The judging panels consist of buyers with purchasing power and influence across the UK on and off-trades who are drawn from independent merchants, wholesalers, supermarkets, restaurants and the sommelier worlds.

Judges look at the quality of the wines in the bottle then assess for value and design, looking to reward for great drinking, fair price and shelf appeal. Ridgeview are thrilled to have been awarded such an amazing array of results up against some incredible competition in an ever-growing, exciting English wine category.

Ridgeview’s Director of Winemaking, Simon Roberts: “For our flagship Ridgeview wine, Bloomsbury NV, to be named the Star of England in a competition with such respected judges from the trade is a true honour. To be benchmarked against the increasingly brilliant category of English sparkling wines is a fantastic credit to the whole Ridgeview team by sustaining quality at the forefront of all we do.”

Harpers Wine Star Judges commented that this rise of English sparkling wine has been nothing short of remarkable. They agreed that the prices were well aligned with quality, instilling confidence for consumers that English sparkling wine could and should stand shoulder to shoulder with the best sparkling wines in the world.

Table Talk Foundation 2021 Ridgeview Charity Partner

Ridgeview is proud to announce that our 2021 focus charity partner is Table Talk Foundation, an organisation dedicated to raising funds to support both food education for the next generation and the local hospitality industry.

Their inspirational vision and purpose are very much at the heart of Ridgeview’s company values and we are delighted to be supporting their impactful work. Our CEO Tamara Roberts is a trustee for this fantastic new foundation:

“I am very excited to be involved as a trustee of Table Talk Foundation and it was easy to convince the team at Ridgeview to choose this as our nominated charity for 2021. Supporting both food education and the hospitality industry is extremely important for producers like ourselves who rely upon consumer appreciation of quality food and drink and a professional hospitality sector.”

Ridgeview have pledged to donate £1 to Table Talk Foundation for every bottle purchased on our website. This follows on from the near £7000 that Ridgeview donated directly to Hospitality in Action in 2020, helping those in the Hospitality industry at a time of unprecedented crises.

We are looking forward to working with and promoting the brilliant Table Talk Foundation throughout 2021. The money raised will support grants awarded to Sussex schools and the hospitality industry as well as their wider work seeking to educate, connect and inspire.

Now that is something to celebrate!

Sussex by the glass – Liz Sagues Wine Book

Launched on International Women’s Day by award-winning wine journalist Liz Sagues, Sussex by the Glass is the story of wines, vines and two pioneering families, Ridgeview and Bolney. With interviews from the people behind both wineries and a focus on their leading female CEOs, the book captures the wonderful stories and images, celebrating the trials, tribulations and triumphs.

Author Liz Sagues: “I wanted to add to the information available on English wine, but in a different and very human way.  The stories of Ridgeview and Bolney are timely and special, and weaving an overall picture of wine in Sussex around them was exciting and rewarding for me.  I hope readers will enjoy the words as much as fine English wine.

The book is published at a celebratory moment with Ridgeview toasting 25 years in 2020 and Bolney reaching its 50th birthday in 2022. Written, designed and printed in Sussex, the book is illustrated with more than 100 colour photographs. With education in mind it also focuses on sustainability issues, tourism and a month-by-month account of vineyard and winery activity.

Importantly, Sussex by the Glass stretches beyond our individual stories to explain the past and present significance of Sussex in England’s fastest-growing agriculture sector. Liz is a natural storyteller who has managed to unearth some behind the scenes gems captured with beautiful supporting images, embodying the spirit behind the rise of our pioneering family wine businesses.

Sussex by the Glass by Liz Sagues is available to purchase online direct from Ridgeview here.

Jamie & Jimmy Visit Ridgeview

Jamie Oliver and his best mate Jimmy Doherty tried their hand at becoming Winemakers on a visit to Ridgeview. Filmed before the pandemic in the Summer of 2019 as a part of their Friday Night Feast program Jamie and Jamie visited us on their quest to the South Downs of Sussex to explore English sparkling wine.

Aired on Friday 29th of January at 8pm Channel 4, we feature alongside guest host Susan Sarandon in the final episode of the series. As a part of every show Jamie & Jimmy set themselves a series of challenges. In this episode we see Jimmy leading Jamie to the South Downs in Sussex; he has heard English sparkling is competing with some of the best wines in the world and wants to learn more.

Jamie & Jimmy join our Head Winemaker Simon Roberts as apprentices for the day, trying their hand at blending the base wines. It was then Simons job to judge who had created the best blend.

Simon commented: “What an honour to have Jamie, Jimmy and the team spend the morning with us at Ridgeview. With their passion for all things wine and knowledgeable palates, they made for great apprentices. We have always been admirers of Jamie & Jimmy, and we had so much fun filming with lots of laughs.”

Sussex Success Story

In a year that has been such a challenge for us all, to be voted ‘Sussex success Story’ in the Virtual Business Awards was truly uplifting for the whole Ridgeview team. The Awards spear headed by Sam Thomas, editor of Sussex Business Times were nominated by members of the Sussex business community, to celebrate achievements in 2020. The evening was a credit to the organisors in making the virtual platform such a fun event, whilst raising money for the fantastic Rockinghorse Charity. Ridgeview were proud to celebrate alongside the other brilliant Sussex Business winners Brighton Gin, Float Spa, Creative Pod, Hove Squash & Fitness and Turning Tides.

Ridgeview CEO Tamara Roberts was very pleased to accept the award on behalf of the Ridgeview team:

“It is an honour to be voted by our peers in the Sussex business community as 2020 ‘Sussex Success Story’. This year has been such a challenge and a credit to our team in their resilience against all the obstacles, a testament in perseverance in our 25th year. Most importantly we thank all our brilliant loyal local supporters and those that will be toasting in hopefully a better 2021 with Ridgeview.”

Introducing Ridgeview Oak Reserve

To mark our 25th Anniversary, we have launched our first new wine in a decade – Ridgeview Oak Reserve NV.  The project especially curated our Director of Winemaking, Simon Roberts was inspired by his love of subtly oaked sparkling wines:

“With careful use of oak-aged Chardonnay, we have created a Ridgeview barrel fermented sparkling wine. Some of the very best Chardonnay grapes were selected from our home vineyard in Ditchling, planted in 1995. I have always loved what delicate oak can bring to Chardonnay and this project has allowed me to explore the additional creaminess from the oak, in harmony with our normal fresh fruit style. We have made an unique batch of 2,600 bottles which I think is one of the most exciting wines that we have released.” 

The Oak Reserve has an innovative new label design based on the texture of wood barrels. Excitingly Ridgeview Oak Reserve has just been awarded the Sparflex English Sparkling Wine Label of the Year in the 2020 Drinks Business Awards, commended for its ‘Daringly different design’. Designed in consultation with Brighton-based drinks designers Cookchick, printed on Fasson Natural Cherry Wood paper, making not only the contents amazing but a beautiful tactile experience to each bottle. Specialist label printers Reflex printed the project which was unlike any label that they had printed before, pushing technological boundaries.

Ridgeview Oak Reserve has received fantastic pre-release reviews including by Matthew Jukes: “It is bright white, lifted and energetic on the nose and palate and the oak shines through with faint smoky, nutty, pie crust hints .. I cannot recommend it enough because this is one of the most carefully assembled, barrel-influenced wines made in the UK to date.”

Each bottle has been carefully hand-labelled, with the first release limited to just 1000 bottles. At £75 Ridgeview Oak Reserve is available to purchase online direct from Ridgeview online, from our cellar door 11 am – 4 pm and Butlers Wine Cellars in Brighton.