Ridgeview Estate is officially a STAR!

Ridgeview Wine Estate is absolutely delighted to have been recognised as one of the 50 most entrepreneurial companies at the government’s 50 Food and Drink Stars awards.

50 Food and Drink Stars was set up in response to the revival of food and drink industries in the UK, and to recognise food and drink entrepreneurs for their contribution to the UK’s economy.  The initiative has been launched to help the winners grow their businesses and get more of their produce on supermarket shelves and dinner tables in the UK and across the world.

Joining a host of amazing businesses, Tamara and Simon Roberts, CEO and Winemaker of Ridgeview, represented the business at Downing Street on Thursday 26th February 2015.

This year marks Ridgeview’s 20th Anniversary and in that time we have helped prove to the world that English sparkling wines can compete with the very best.  We now export our award winning sparkling wines to fourteen countries and we are looking forward to continuing this success as we double our production over the next five years.

As a business we are very proud to have been included in DEFRA’s Top 50 Food Stars list as a reward for our pioneering work in the English sparkling wine industry.

Sussex Gourmet and Wine Tours 2014

Explore two of Sussex’s finest vineyards on board the Sussex Wine Bus Tour, launching as part of English Wine Week 2014, Saturday 24th May, and running every fourth Saturday of the month until September 2014.

Hop aboard either the luxury coach or vintage Routemaster bus from Old Steine gardens in Brighton and be whisked to the award-winning Ridgeview Wine Estate at Ditchling for a vineyard and winery tour discovering why the South Downs are a world-class growing region for sparkling wine grapes.

Lunch will be taken amongst the vines courtesy of Brighton’s supper club queen Cantina, followed by a cheese tasting with David Deaves of La Cave á Fromage and a fun wine quiz with prizes to test your knowledge of English wines.

In the afternoon, the bus departs for Bolney Wine Estate where there will be a further tour of the vineyard and a closer look into still wine production, before a tasting of Bolney’s wide range of internationally acclaimed still and sparkling wines.

The wine bus tours are run by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, one of the UK’s largest food and drink events running two major festival periods every April and September, and a host of consumer and business-to-business events across the year.

“The Sussex Gourmet Wine Bus Tour is a fantastic opportunity to visit a number of award winning local wineries with the added fun of wine tasting”, says Mardi Roberts of Ridgeview Wine Estate. “Visitors will be given an insight into the care and effort taken in our vineyards followed by an extensive tour of all the facilities of wine production including our underground cellars.”

Each of the tours finish back in Brighton for a complimentary cocktail at Be At One – the latest addition to the city’s burgeoning cocktail bar scene. With over 120 cocktails on their list, you’re sure to find the perfect seaside sundowner.
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Ridgeview Grosvenor served at Irish State Banquet

Ridgeview’s Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2009 was served last night at the Irish State Banquet held at Windsor Castle.  The state banquet was held by Her Majesty The Queen as part of the historic state visit by the Irish President, Michael D Higgins.

We are honoured to have had our wine served at the banquet which was viewed as a ‘symbolically significant act for British-Irish relations’.

Please see here for an article in The Telegraph regarding the banquet.

Ridgeview served at World Wine Atlas launch in New York with Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson

Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2010 was the choice for two of the world’s most respected authorities on wine, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, to launch their 7th Edition of the World Atlas of Wine in New York.

The event was hosted by HM Deputy Consul General of New York, Nick Astbury in mid-town Manhattan. Winemakers, journalists, importers, publishers and friends gathered together to celebrate the book which is receiving fantastic reviews.

The World Atlas of Wine is seen as one of the most essential and authoritative wine reference books and has sold over 4.5 million copies. The latest 7th Edition published by Octopus, reflects the changing nature of the Wine World in the last seven years.

Mike Roberts was honoured to be able to attend the event and extremely proud that Ridgeview was chosen by wine world luminaries Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.

Mike commented, “A superb location to launch the latest edition of an impressive and globally important Wine Atlas. Those attending exemplified how much esteem there is attributed to Hugh and Jancis to all that they have done for the wine world. From my point of view this was a wonderful privilege for us to have such significant guests tasting our Ridgeview wines.”

Hugh Johnson, who has led the world of wine writing for over 40 years, selling over 17 million books on wine, recently commented “Would I admit to my French friends (who make such glorious wine) how often I drink English these days? Yes. Proudly.”

As president of the Sunday Times Wine Club Hugh became an early champion of Ridgeview and regularly serves our wine at his private events. Hugh remarked in the Wall Street Journal that his favourite sparkling wine was not Champagne but a sparkling wine from England produced by Ridgeview.

Jancis Robinson MW was awarded an OBE for her services to the wine industry in 2003. Jancis is the wine correspondent for the Financial Times and also operates a very successful award winning wine website and has published three editions of the Oxford Companion to Wine. Time Magazine once quoted Jancis as saying that the next best place to Champagne to produce sparkling wine is Southern England due to its similarities in climate, proximity and geographic conditions.

Export is now a significant growth area for Ridgeview with our wines sold to 12 overseas markets including USA, Australia, Japan, Scandinavian monopolies and many prestigious restaurants around the globe.

We have been exporting our wines direct into New York for the last three years and are listed in fine restaurants including Gramercy Tavern ran by Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group. Our other range of South Ridge wines are available across the US via the Wall Street Journal Wine Club.

Ridgeview shines in “The judgement of Parsons Green”

An impressive 10 of the top 30 wines in the 2013 English Sparkling Wine tasting were made by Ridgeview.

Arranged by Stephen Skelton MW, a judging panel of 14 of experts in sparkling wine including nine Masters of Wine gathered together to taste 83 Sparkling wines in the “The Judgement of Parsons Green”. The tasting also included four Champagnes and one Californian sparkling wine.

Wyfold 2009, grown by Laithwaites Wine co-founder Barbara Laithwaite took top spot followed by the Laithwaites Theale Vineyard 2007 in 2nd place; both wines were made in collaboration with the Ridgeview winery team.

Ridgeview Cavendish 2010 was awarded 4th position and 6th place went to Ridgeview Grosvenor 2009, cementing the winery’s position at the forefront of English sparkling winemaking.