#theBigenglishwinegoodfriday

Join us to support #thebigenglishwinegoodfriday this Friday 10th April between 7 & 8 pm 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

An idea that started as a tweet by fellow English Winemaker Jacob Leadley, has gathered momentum across the country as a way of supporting English wineries at a time when we cannot be open for normal business.

Get your favourite English sparkling wine in, 🍾 share your images or videos across social media tagging in @ridgeviewwineuk #thebigenglishwinegoodfriday

Order before 11 am Wednesday direct from Ridgeview for free single bottle next day delivery in time for Easter 🐣 with £2 bottle going to the brilliant charity Hospitality Action supporting hospitality workers in this time of crisis.

Thanks for your support #buylocal #theBigenglishwinegoodfriday

Supporting Hospitality Action

When we are all facing such uncertain times there is one certainty: we must stick together. With such a constant and dramatically moving landscape, we are particularly concerned for all our friends in hospitality, when all their futures changed overnight as restaurants and hotels were closed. Hospitality Action is a charity that have been supporting the UK hospitality trade for over 180 years, helping hospitality people in difficulty or crisis.

Hospitality Action (HA) are co-ordinating an industry-wide emergency appeal to support impacted workers who can apply for a one off-grant of £250 for immediate help.  This appeal has raised over £ 123,000 so far, however they are still overwhelmed with applications. The more money raised, the more hospitality workers they can support.

Ridgeview will donate £2 for every bottle of Ridgeview Sparkling Wine sold online until the end of May to Hospitality Action. All orders no matter how big or small will be delivered free of charge across the UK with £2 for every bottle going direct to the charity.

In such difficult times it is our hope that a little Ridgeview sparkling might be able to brighten up the end of your day or bring a little joy to your weekend. Ridgeview are now offering free of charge next day delivery (excluding weekends) on all bottles, no minimum quantities apply.

Join us to help support Hospitality Action as well as our small business of home grown English sparkling wine #wevegotyou

*(excludes OurView Wine Club member orders)

Ridgeview Covid-19 Update

Dear Friends of Ridgeview

As is everyone else, we are keeping informed of developments as the situation regarding Covid-19 continues to evolve. Our heart goes out those who have been affected by the virus and all our friends and supporters who face so much uncertainty.

We have been rigorously following the recommendations of Public Health England and as ever our focus is always on exceptional levels of hygiene across all areas of the business. Fortunately we have had no instances of our employees or anyone on our premises contracting the virus.

However after considering the new government updated guidelines, Ridgeview has made the following decision to minimise impact on our customers and team:

Ridgeview Tasting Room, Cellar Door and Tours are now closed to the public until further notice.

 Our priority at this time is to ensure that we can continue to produce the highest quality wine and keep our warehouse and website up-and-running to deliver to our customers.

Any upcoming Tours & Tastings will be postponed and if you have a booking with us, we will be in contact regarding this. For those that have gift vouchers that are nearing expiry, please contact us (retail@ridgeview.co.uk) so that we can ensure you are able to visit later in the year.

Our retail team continue to be available to assist with wine orders, wine club advice and general enquiries via phone, email or the Ridgeview website. Our full range of wines are also available to order online www.ridgeview.co.uk/shop with our new Complimentary Next-Day delivery service for all orders not matter how big or small!

We are all in this together and feel confident that our customers may need a little sparkle in the lives from time-to-time to see them through. We thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty and hope to welcome you back to Ridgeview very soon.

 The Ridgeview Team

Ridgeview CEO’s Tamara Roberts Named Sussex Businessperson of the Year

This week, Ridgeview’s CEO Tamara Roberts was awarded ‘Sussex Business Person of the Year’ at a ceremony hosted by the Sussex Business Awards at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Celebrating 31 years in 2019, the Sussex Business Awards are one of the most sought-after accolades in the region. Tamara was honoured to accept the award, particularly as the Sussex business scene is thriving and there are a lot of leaders that Tamara admires and respects.

“Hard work and bloody mindedness does pay off but only if you have the support of family, friends and a fantastic team” commented Tamara on receipt of the outstanding award.

This follows on from a roll of recent fantastic achievements including Tamara being announced as the new International Wine & Spirit Competition president for 2020. The appointment is a respected honour and Tamara is excited to be taking on this new role, particularly as the first English producer to do so:

‘It is an incredible honour to be selected for such a leading role in the International Wine Industry, not only to represent Ridgeview but also to highlight the growth & aspirations of our exciting English Wine Industry. 25 years ago, my father started Ridgeview with the vision and ambition that England could produce sparkling wines to compete with the very best in the world, changing the course of the English Wine Industry forever. This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate his legacy and the sparkling future that lies ahead for our industry’.

Tamara joined her family business Ridgeview as General Manager in 2004 and became CEO in 2014. She has overseen the growth of production in that time from 25k bottles per annum to 400k bottles, as well as overseeing the conception and construction of a brand new winery and cellar, which will allow production to double from 2020. As well as devoting herself to Ridgeview, Tamara is very well respected throughout the English Wine Industry and sits on the board of Wines of Great Britain and the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.
Ridgeview will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2020 and over this quarter of a century they have built their reputation as a one of England’s leading sparkling wine producers which was illuminated on this prestigious International Wine stage in 2018 when they were crowned ‘International Winemaker of the Year’ in 2018.

Ridgeview’s CEO Tamara Roberts Announced as IWSC President 2020

On the special 50th anniversary of the annual International Wine & Spirit Competition Awards in London, Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview, was announced as the IWSC President for 2020. This is the first time that an English wine producer has been selected as the President, a testament to the rising global status of the English Wine Industry. The president is selected for their stature and reputation in the industry, acting as an embodiment of the competition’s key goal of recognising quality wines and spirits throughout the world. The ceremony was attended by Tamara’s family and colleagues and was indeed a huge cause for celebration.

The appointment is a respected honour and Tamara is excited to be taking on this new role, particularly as the first English producer to do so: ‘It is an incredible honour to be selected for such a leading role in the International Wine Industry, not only to represent Ridgeview but also to highlight the growth & aspirations of our exciting English Wine Industry. 25 years ago, my father started Ridgeview with the vision and ambition that England could produce sparkling wines to compete with the very best in the world, changing the course of the English Wine Industry forever. This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate his legacy and the sparkling future that lies ahead for our industry’.

Tamara joined her family business Ridgeview as General Manager in 2004 and became CEO in 2014. She has overseen the growth of production in that time from 25k bottles per annum to 400k bottles, as well as overseeing the conception and construction of a brand new winery and cellar, which will allow production to double from 2020. Tamara is a qualified chartered accountant and is responsible for the financial management of the business as well as setting and implementing the strategy across all other areas, from grape to glass. As well as devoting herself to Ridgeview, Tamara is very well respected throughout the English Wine Industry and sits on the board of Wines of Great Britain and the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.
In an interview with IWSC following the announcement, Tamara remarked on what could be expected from her upcoming presidency, in particular her desire to bring females in the industry further into the spotlight. She’ll also be highlighting the work involved with being part of the burgeoning English wine industry, particularly ‘the opportunities, the threats, the future, and where I feel our industry is going to move to – and perhaps bring in some of the global issues surrounding the world of wine in terms of sustainability and climate change, which is going to be so high on the agenda’.

Ridgeview will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2020 and over this quarter of a century they have built their reputation as a one of England’s leading sparkling wine producers which was illuminated on this prestigious International Wine stage in 2018 when they were crowned ‘International Winemaker of the Year’ in 2018.

CEO & EA of The Year – MDHUB Awards

Ridgeview have taken double accolades in the MDHUB awards with Tamara Roberts awarded CEO of the Year and Esther Dawson PA of the Year. MDHUB is the premier peer to peer business growth network for Managing Directors in Southern England. Tamara has been an active member for 7 years and has valued the peer support of like-minded entrepreneurial leaders.

In the Judges’ comments on what it takes to be a CEO of the Year highlighted that it was Tamara’s “extraordinary resilience, tenacity, creativity, humanity and sheer bloody determination to make the business work was what made her shine.” They were impressed with Tamara’s recent accolades:

  • – Sussex Business Woman of the Year in 2015 at the Business Women in Excellence Awards
  • – International Business Women of the Year in 2017 at the Women in Excellence Awards
  • – In 2019 the 33rd most influential person in the wine industry Drinks Retailing Magazine
  • – 2nd in the Power List of the English Wine Industry in the Grocer Magazine
  • – On the Board of WSTA, Wines GB and Sussex University Business & Economics School
  • – And probably what she’s most proud of… Burgess Hill Rugby Club – Volunteer of the Year

On top of Ridgeview acclaimed as the current ‘International Winemakers of the Year’ and voted number 36 Vineyard in the World to visit.

Tamara commented “I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded this amongst my MDHUB peers, truly unexpected and I am so very thankful to the Hub for the support in getting Ridgeview where it is today.”

Esther Dawson joined Ridgeview as Tamara’s Executive Assistant in 2014. Tamara was so pleased for Esther’s tireless support to be recognised; “Esther is not just an amazing EA but has also managed our HR function and helped implement many changes in this area to increase employee engagement. Esther is an absolutely incredible person who thoroughly deserves this recognition and more”. Esther also has co-established the thriving Sussex PA Network, holding supportive networking events, sharing best practice and ideas.

We are incredibly proud of them both and fortunate to have such an inspiring leadership team at Ridgeview.

Ridgeview Celebrated on USA TV

Ridgeview’s place in the global wine scene was bolstered following American CBS Channel airing a story filmed onsite at the winery. The TV news piece celebrated Ridgeview’s global accolades as current ‘International Winemaker of the Year’ in the International Wine and Spirit Competition, and Number 36 in the Top 50 Vineyards in the World; the only English wine producer to feature in this global list.

On the back of Ridgeview’s International Award success, we were contacted by the leading USA broadcaster for a piece on the coveted CBS This Morning Saturday Program. The program is available to watch on CBS – a network that has almost 9 million primetime viewers.

Ridgeview’s strong international presence was elevated further this spring when Simon Roberts, Head Winemaker, travelled to the USA to fulfil a series of engagements. Simon presented on English sparkling wine at Google’s HQ before heading down to Los Angeles for Effervescence, the premier Champagne and sparkling wine event in America. From there Simon travelled, sampling Ridgeview with over twenty restaurants throughout California, Nashville and New York.

Ridgeview’s foray into the USA has resulted in the exciting new listing of Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia in Thomas Keller’s globally acclaimed three-star Michelin The French Laundry revered wine list – the only English wines to do so. Ridgeview were also recently awarded two Gold Medals in the coveted USA Texsom International Wine Awards the only English Winery to achieve Gold & Judges Selection for the Limited Edition Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2014.

Ridgeview is imported into the USA by Banville Wine Merchants https://www.banvillewine.com/

 

 

 

Ridgeview crowned one of the World’s best Vineyards

Ridgeview was crowned one of the best vineyards in the world, when it was placed number 36 at the announcement ceremony of the World’s Best Vineyards Top 50 at the Banqueting House on Whitehall.

The World’s Best Vineyards Academy is the mechanism used to create The World’s Best Vineyards list. The Academy comprises nearly 500 leading wine aficionados, sommeliers, and luxury travel correspondents from across the globe. Each has been selected for their expert opinion of the international wine and wine tourism scene. The winners were selected from over 1,500 nominated wineries. Ridgeview was the only British vineyard to appear on the list of countries that spanned across 6 continents.

The Ridgeview team were delighted with this accolade CEO Tamara Roberts said:
“Incredible news for Ridgeview to be included in the top 50 vineyards in the world. The list features spectacular wineries from around the world and we are honoured to be listed alongside global wineries that we have long admired. It is fantastic for Ridgeview to be acknowledged not only for our wines but our beautiful setting amongst the South Downs of Sussex and the awards have placed an important spotlight on England as a global destination for wine tourism.”

Ridgeview were the only English Vineyard to be named in this prestigious list of 50 with global wineries such as Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, d’Arenberg, Viña Santa Rita, Château Margaux, Opus One Winery, Penfolds, Craggy Range Winery and Zuccardi Valle de Uco at No. 1

Founder of World’s Best Vineyards, Andrew Reed said: “The World’s Best Vineyards to Visit not only highlights these amazing destinations but it also helps raise their profile amongst national and international tourists alike. In an age where the next generation is looking for extraordinary and authentic experiences, these wineries are simply a must-visit!”

For further information please contact Mardi Roberts, mardi@ridgeview.co.uk

Royal Visit to Ridgeview

Ridgeview were delighted to welcome the Duchess of Cornwall for a tour of their Estate, whilst on her Royal visit to the county of East Sussex, especially to celebrate their recent success of being crowned ‘Best International Winemaker’ in the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of Wines of Great Britain since 2011, has a close connection to wine beginning through her father, Major Bruce Shand, who was a wine merchant. Her Royal Highness commented “Can I say what a huge pleasure it is to be here today. Not just that it has bought me back to Sussex, bought me back to Ditchling, where I used to be at school … but one of my hugest pleasures is being President of Wines of GB”

Her Royal Highness was able to see the progress at Ridgeview’s new £1.8m winery which will assist to double production in order to keep up with demand. Representatives from Trinder architects and Axio Builders were in attendance as well as Clydesdale Bank who are supporting the project alongside joint funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. With a focus on sustainability, the new purpose-built underground cellar capacity will enable Ridgeview to store up to £1m bottles in perfect conditions.

Ridgeview CEO Tamara Roberts had the pleasure to show the Duchess of Cornwall around the winery, introducing Her Royal Highness to members of the Ridgeview team and invited guests from trade and industry that have supported Ridgeview’s growth over the last 24 years: “We are delighted to be included in the Royal visit to East Sussex which is testament to the ever-increasing profile of English sparkling wine and Ridgeview’s prominent position within the industry.”

The Duchess of Cornwall made a welcome return to the county of East Sussex, since attending school in Plumpton and having fond memories of the area of Ditchling. The Royal engagements in East Sussex included a visit to Jamie’s Farm, Charleston House, Amex Community Stadium for the Sussex Women’s lunch before concluding at Ridgeview. The occasion was also a great moment for Ridgeview to honour the retirement of Chris Foss founder of local Plumpton Wine College’s Wine Division. The industry are grateful for Chris’s tireless efforts on improving English wine education and training for the past 31 years.

The Royal visit was a fabulous moment to celebrate the amazing 2018 harvest for English and Welsh wines, with a record-breaking 15.6 million bottles produced. Exports of English wine have doubled in the last 12 months, now exported to 40 different countries around the world. Ridgeview’s Head Winemaker Simon Roberts has just returned from a successful trip across the USA including a tasting a Google Headquarters in San Francisco and attending the Effervescence LA conference alongside other leading global sparkling wine makers, celebrating Ridgeview’s status as ‘International Winemakers of the Year’ by the IWSC, a first in the history of English Wine.

Simon Roberts, Ridgeview Head Winemaker commented: “We were very honoured to have our Patron, the Duchess of Cornwall visit the winery and meet our fantastic team who felt very privileged. It was great to invite many of our long-term supporters to celebrate our amazing day together”.

Ridgeview were thrilled that their status as pioneers in the historical rise of English sparkling wine was acknowledged with such a prestigious visit by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.

For media or photo enquiries please contact mardi@ridgeview.co.uk

‘Ridgeview Beauty Bar’ Opens At South Lodge New Spa

The ‘Ridgeview Beauty Bar’ has launched as part of a brand new £15 million spa by Exclusive Hotels at South Lodge. This exciting launch cements the partnerships of both family businesses, where Ridgeview is the exclusive English Sparkling Wine at all Exclusive Hotels and Venues.

Guests of the new spa will be able to receive beauty treatments in the most elegant of settings whilst enjoying a glass of Ridgeview sparkling wine. The Ridgeview Beauty Bar, a play on the double meaning of the word ‘bar’, is situated alongside the spa’s new Botanica Restaurant, which overlooks the swim pond. With a focus on health and plant-based plates, the restaurant focuses on the South Downs as a larder for its Mediterranean inspired menu.

The amazing new Sussex destination spa draws inspiration from the South Downs with an eco-grass roof in the sloping shape of the downs. The building situated near Horsham was designed by architects Felce and Guy with sustainability in mind and includes the UK’s first heated natural swim pond. Guests can be transported from the hotel via stretched electric tuk-tuks. In another first, the ‘Ridgeview Beauty Bar’ designed by interior spa specialists SPARC, houses the UK’s only sparkling wine Enoflute dispenser to perfectly serve Ridgeview bubbles.

At the launch party, which included an outdoor laser show, edible dessert tree and breath-taking performances, the Managing Director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues, Danny Pecorelli remarked in his welcome speech: “Working with Ridgeview is the true definition of a partnership.” Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview commented; “We are thrilled for Ridgeview to be represented in such a unique way. It’s great working with the whole Exclusive team with their vision and passion. The beautiful spa is sure to become a major Sussex destination”