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.

Ridgeview Harvest 2020

In such an interesting year, we are very grateful for the glorious weather in 2020.  We did have some challenges with spring frosts, particularly the last late one in the middle of May, but with our usual care and attention we lit our bougies (frost protection candles) four times which saved the vineyard and no frost damage was recorded.

Due to such big harvests in 2018 & 19, the 2020 yields are lower and more in line with our average. A comparatively smaller vintage will be helpful in light of the additional Covid-19  protocols required in the winery during harvest. This latest September heatwave will ensure a high quality vintage as sugars are rising by the minute and the fruit is currently looking incredibly clean, with the Pinot Meunier and the Chardonnay looking stellar.

We are expecting to begin picking at Ridgeview on the 24th of September which will be one of our earliest harvests reflecting an extremely rapid phase between verasion and ripening, normally this would take around 5 weeks but this year it has been two weeks. The forecast for the next week or so looks like it is remaining dry so we are very excited about the potential of 2020 harvest – one good thing to celebrate anyway!

Celebrating English Wine Week with ‘A Glimpse Behind the Scenes’

English Wine Week kicks off on Saturday 20th June and to celebrate, we would like to share with you ‘A Glimpse Behind The Scenes’ at Ridgeview

‘A Glimpse Behind the Scenes’

Join our CEO Tamara, Head Winemaker Simon and Vineyard Manager Matt as they offer you a behind the scenes journey from grape to glass …

With every online wine purchase, from now and throughout English Wine Week, receive access to a new 10-minute video giving you insight into the craft of producing award-winning sparkling wines.

Simply place your order as usual and receive a link and digital code in your confirmation email.

ENGLISH WINE WEEK DIGITAL EVENTS

We are collaborating with some wonderful partners to host a variety of digital tastings and events across English Wine Week.  For full information, follow the links below.

Wine & Spirit Educational Trust WSET Seminar with Brandon Barnham on Monday 22nd June 6 pm

Club Enologique columnist,  Joe Fattorini interviewing IWSC President Tamara Roberts on Instagram Live on Tuesday 23rd June 6.30 pm

Wine Society Instagram Live with Mardi Roberts on Wednesday 24th June 5.30 pm

Brighton Chamber of Commerce Virtual Tour & Tasting with CEO Tamara Roberts on Thursday 25th June 3.30 pm

We will also be collaborating with the International Wine & Spirit Competition, of which Tamara Roberts is the 2020 President, with a prize giveaway. See here for details of how you could win a case of our current release sparkling wines.

DELIVERY INFORMATION & OPENING TIMES

We continue to offer complimentary next day delivery on all orders placed before 11 am and are donating £2 for every bottle purchased to the charity Hospitality in Action.

From Thursday 18th June, Ridgeview’s onsite shop will be open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 11am – 4pm. The shop is open for drop-in sales of wines & gift sets or collection of pre-ordered items only. In line with current government guidelines, our vineyard and winery remain closed to visitors and for the time being and we are not currently offering tours or tastings.

Whether toasting the sunshine or finally being able to see a loved one, English Wine Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate, buy local and take time to appreciate the hand-crafted expertise that goes into making Ridgeview English sparkling wine.

#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 £1 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 £1 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

Our heart goes out to those who have been affected by COVID-19 and to all our friends and supporters who face so much uncertainty at this time. We have been rigorously following the recommendations of Public Health England and as ever, our focus is on exceptional levels of hygiene across the business. In-line with current government guidelines, and to minimise the impact on our customers and team

Ridgeview’s Tasting Room, Vineyard, Tours and Tastings remain closed to the public until further notice.

—————————

Our shop is now open for drop-in sales and Click & Collect

Thursday to Saturday 11 – 4

As we gradually begin with a phased reopening, the safety of our customers and staff is of primary importance. We have therefore introduced the following measures and would ask you to be mindful of these when visiting our shop.

  • –  We are operating from our Head Office building to allow for adequate social distancing measures, so please follow the temporary directional signage when arriving on site.
  • –  Please observe social distancing guidelines by keeping a 2metre distance from other customers and staff
  • –  We will be serving one customer at a time. There may be the requirement to queue outside for a short time but shelter from rain/sun is provided
  • –  Hand sanitiser will be provided at the entrance to the shop for your use
  • –  Accepted payment methods include pre-payment via the Ridgeview website, card transaction using chip and pin, or contactless for transactions under £45
  • –  For click and collect customers please arrive at your allocated timeslot
  • –  Whether collecting an order or dropping-in, a member of the team will take your order and leave your purchases at a safe distance, please adhere to blue floor markings.
  • –  In the unlikely event a member of staff is not readily available please telephone 01444 242040
  • –  Our visitor toilets are currently closed to the public

 

Our priority at this time is to ensure that we can continue to produce the highest quality wine and keep our shop open for you and our warehouse & 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 continues to be available to assist with wine orders, wine club advice, and general enquiries via email or the Ridgeview website. Our full range of wines is also available to order online with our new Complimentary Next-Day delivery service for all orders no matter how big or small!

In the coming weeks as guidance changes, we hope to be able to welcome you back to the estate for picnics, tastings & tours. Keep an eye out for updates or sign up to our mailing list for all the latest news

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/