Our story began in 1995, when Mike and Chris Roberts decided to realise a vision, nurtured for many years. With a love of England and a passion for wine, they investigated the English wine industry with a view to understanding the type of wine production they felt would thrive best in the cool climate of Southern England. Their research pointed towards traditional method sparkling wine made from the three classic varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. At the time, sparkling wine production in England was largely unexplored and unproven so the dream to create world class sparkling wine in Sussex was a certainly a risk.
Nestled at the base of the beautiful South Downs with their chalky soils, the perfect site was found – the ridge with an unforgettable view. It was here the journey began. Whilst the vines were gently nurtured towards their first harvest, we were busy creating one of England’s only underground cellars and building a state-of-the-art winery. Our first grapes were harvested and pressed; the wines were bottled, then hidden away in the cellar to age.
Over 20 years later, production has increased to more than a quarter of a million bottles and Ridgeview is sold across the world. At the helm is CEO Tamara Roberts and her brother, Simon Roberts, is Head Winemaker. Ridgeview has celebrated some amazing accomplishments in our relatively short history, culminating in the trophy for ‘Best Sparkling Wine in the World, Decanter 2010’. We export our sparkling wines to countries including the USA, Scandinavia and Japan. Ridgeview wines are now proudly served at Buckingham Palace State Banquets and No. 10 Downing Street.
Most importantly at Ridgeview, we celebrate. We celebrate the big things: births, weddings, milestones. We celebrate the small: catching up with friends, promotions, sunny days. We celebrate the land, the hard work and our families. We celebrate life.
Mike Roberts MBE Founder of Ridgeview
1943 – 2014
The pioneering passion behind Ridgeview. Throughout Mike’s time establishing Ridgeview, he also dedicated himself to improving the English wine industry. Mike became Chairman for English Wine Producers, a role he held for 10 years, he was also a board member of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association and on the steering committee for the DEFRA wine standards reform policy. Mike was often asked to speak at forums and events on behalf of the English wine industry. A testament to his dedication and diligence and the difference he made, was the honour of receiving an MBE in 2011 for his service to the English Wine Industry. Mike sadly passed away in November 2014 and tributes flowed from across the international wine world, praising his pioneering spirit and the inspiration he provided to so many people.
“It’s the passion that the family brings firstly to the growing of the grapes then to the making of the wine. Our philosophy is to do as little interference as possible and make the wine as pure as possible. We think of it very much as a Ridgeview effort. When I look at the wine, it’s something that everybody has contributed to and it’s what we do together that makes it work.” Mike Roberts