Ridgeview wins international sparking trophy

Ridgeview have been awarded a Trophy and Gold Medal in one of the most prestigious and influential wine competitions in the world, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2012.

Ridgeview’s blend Marksman 2009, made exclusively for M&S, sparkled in the competition which attracted entrants from over 50 countries around the globe and was judged by over 400 experts in the trade.

Charles Metcalfe, Chairman, commented about the significance of the IWC competition : “Its global reputation means that winning an award is a tremendous achievement, and brings the award-winning wine to the attention of an international audience”.

This latest accolade for Ridgeview rounds off a fantastic year so far with a Gold medal, Trophy, and 12 Silver Medals in International competitions. Ridgeview Bloomsbury was also chosen to be served for the Queens Official Diamond Jubilee receptions.

Ridgeview have now been awarded the trophy for the world’s best sparkling wine on three separate occasions, and our wines are exported to over a dozen countries around the globe including the USA, Australia and Hong Kong. Ridgeview also have listings in three of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

These continuing achievements mean that the current focus is on keeping up with demand with incremental but controlled expansion plans.

Ridgeview served at Diamond Jubilee Receptions

Ridgeview are honoured to announce that their English sparkling wine Bloomsbury 2009 was served at the official receptions to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubilee at The Mansion House and Guildhall yesterday.

Following the national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, The Queen attended a reception at Mansion House where Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2009 was served.   The rest of the Royal Family went on to the London Guildhall for a reception for close to 2,000 people where Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2009 was again served.

Founder and Winemaker of Ridgeview, Mike Roberts, commented : “As a family we feel very proud that our English sparkling wine is being served on such a momentous occasion to celebrate our remarkable monarch, Her Majesty The Queen.  This is such a wonderful honour and acknowledgement of how far our English sparkling wine industry has come to be chosen for such a special Royal event”.

In May 2012 Mike Roberts received an MBE for his services to English wine at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

Jubilee English sparkling wine fever

Ridgeview have seen an incredible sales surge in the build up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics.  2011 was a record sales year at Ridgeview and already in 2012 our sales are up 58% on the same time last year.  May 2012 has been one of our biggest sales months ever on record.  Sales have tripled in comparison to the same period last year, which of course was also highly inflated from the previous year due to the Royal Wedding.

This tops off a fantastic month when Ridgeview were awarded 1 Gold, 9 Silver and 12 Bronze Medals in the 2012 International competitions announced at the recent London International Wine Trade Fair.  Ridgeview Knightsbridge (Blanc de Noir) 2009 was also recently awarded a Gold and one of only 12 wines as critics choice in the highly coveted Sommelier wine awards.

Ridgeview sparkling wines are now receiving global attention and are available in 10 countries worldwide including the latest addition of Australia.

Worldwide triumph for Ridgeview

Ridgeview have completed the unthinkable in the history of English wine. For the third time in seven years Ridgeview have won the trophy for “Best International Sparkling Wine”.

The family company situated on the South Downs of England are proving that English Sparkling Wine is a serious contender on the world stage. Ridgeview Grosvenor (Blanc de Blancs) 2007 was awarded the trophy for the “Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine” in the 2011 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) one of the most respected wine competitions in the world. Over 85 countries enter the competition annually and all wines are blind tasted by an esteemed judging panel.

Ridgeview previously won the same accolade in 2005 and a similar trophy last year in the Decanter World Wine awards for overall Best Sparkling Wine; the first time this was awarded to a wine other than Champagne. Mike Roberts Director and winemaker commented; “We are thrilled with winning this much sought after trophy for the second time. It is a great reward for all the family and team efforts that is put into creating our wine. What we are most pleased about is that we are proving it is not a one off and English sparkling wine is now a serious condender in the International wine market.”

Ridgeview was founded by the Roberts family in 1994, focusing on traditional Champagne grape varieties and methods on the South Downs of Sussex. Since the release of their wines a decade ago, Ridgeview has now amassed over 150 trophies and medals, putting English Sparkling Wine on an International stage. The late burst of sunshine in 2011 perfectly coincided with the recent Ridgeview October harvest, which will ensure the quality of this year’s grapes are excellent for the current vintage which will be available in 2013.

This latest accolade tops off an amazing year for Ridgeview after their Fitzrovia (Rosé) sparkling wine was served by her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace in honour of President Obama’s visit in May, and founder Mike Roberts was awarded an MBE for his services to the English Wine Industry in June.

International wine and spirit competition success

Ridgeview were extremely proud to be awarded two trophies at the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition Award Ceremony at the Guildhall in London. Ridgeview received the International Trophy for Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine for the second time and the award for English Wine Producer of the Year for the fifth time.

The team were incredibly excited on the night to hear that Ridgeview was also on the shortlist for International Wine Maker of the year, which was won by McGuigan wines.

Best sparking wine award in Dutch competition

In June 2011 we launched Ridgeview Sparkling wines in Holland through Karakter Wine Imports.  Therefore, we are thrilled to announce that Ridgeview’s Cavendish 2009 has been awarded the prize for the Best Sparkling Wine in the 23rd Proefschrift Magazine Competition.

This competition is one of the most respected competitions in the Dutch market. Please see here for details.

Decanter World Wine Awards

Ridgeview’s Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2007 has won a Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine.

The article on the Decanter website reads as follows :

Some 30 years, Mike Roberts, head of multi-award winning RidgeView Estate, was taking the day off from his then-job as the financial director of an international public company and found himself at the Melbourne Cup.

Thinking he ought to enter into the spirit of the day
and place a bet, he looked in a local paper and saw a horse called “Champagne Boy” and put $5 on the 35/1 outsider which duly came in first. Mike often wonders if this was an omen of things to come!

Created in 1995, RidgeView Estate is without doubt the UK’s most consistent quality sparkling wine producer. Whilst (a very few) others may challenge it for winning medals and awards for their sparkling wines, none can match the Robert’s output for variety and consistency, year after year.

This is demonstrated by winning, for the second year in a row, the UK Trophy with their Chardonnay-based Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs. Whereas in 2001, it was the 2006 vintage which won the trophy – and went on to win the trophy for best sparkling wine from any country – this year it is the 2007 vintage that triumphed.

Mike Roberts says: “What we set out to create with the Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs is a wine that reflects the uniqueness of our site – perhaps what others might call the terroir.

The Chardonnay we grow at RidgeView produces a wine with a backbone of acidity with an undertone of minerality and a touch of tropical fruit.”

Although their supply base now stretches across several hundred miles of the counties on Kent, East and West Sussex and Hampshire, the 2007 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs comes from the Chardonnay vines, now 16 years old, which surround the winery. This patch of vines, with its roots now digging into the chalk below, were also responsible for producing last year’s winner, the 2006 vintage of the same wine.

The 2007 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs has a superb, lingering, mouth-watering acidity, backed up by considerable fruit on the middle palate and very good length and, if anything, is slightly longer and fuller than the 2006. In terms of sheer enjoyment, its one of the best sparkling wines I have ever tasted.

See the article on the Decanter website here

Royal President for UK vineyards association

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has become the new President of The United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

Her Royal Highness takes over the position from Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who retires from the role. Lord Montagu will become Honorary Lifetime President, in recognition of his long term dedication and commitment to the UK wine industry.

The UKVA President is the figurehead of the UK wine industry; the UKVA is the central body of growers and producers, through which the industry is kept informed of legislation and all technical matters, and advised on best practice in viticulture and winemaking. The national competition for the industry, the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition is organised by the UKVA and is the only competition of its kind to be judged solely by Masters of Wine.

The English and Welsh wine industry has seen exponential growth over the last 10 years, and the quality of its wines is now widely acknowledged on the world stage. The industry continues to grow and the industry itself is contributing to the rural economy, through rural employment, land management and regional tourism.

Her Royal Highness has already visited English vineyards CamelValley in Cornwall and Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, where she was impressed by the quality of the wines. English and Welsh wines have been served on a number of Royal occasions.

“We are delighted and honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be our new President” commented Ian Edwards, Chairman of the UKVA. “Her support of this growing industry acknowledges the phenomenal growth in awareness of English and Welsh vineyards and wines. We are immensely proud of the achievements of many of our wines and are looking forward to continued success and increased volumes.

“I would like to extend, on behalf of the English and Welsh industry, our heartfelt thanks to Lord Montagu, whose unfailing support for our vineyards and wines stretches back decades.”

Former UKVA Chairman, Bob Lindo, added: “Her Royal Highness’s evident interest in our industry’s wines makes her an ideal figurehead for our industry. We are all so proud that she will be our new President.”