Ridgeview is based on a belief that we have what it takes; location, family, and passion. With the family at the helm, we are supported by our dedicated team who are fundamental to everything we do. Read here about the amazing people that together make Ridgeview so unique.
Tamara is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, ensuring all areas are working together to achieve the best results.
Not much happens at Ridgeview without her knowledge. Outside of work Tamara likes to spend as much time as possible with her two children and never turns down an opportunity to have a few drinks with friends.
A natural winemaker with a skilled palate, Simon likes minimal intervention as a Winemaker and would rather let the grapes speak for themselves. Simon trained at Plumpton Wine College and gained experience in Australia. Now responsible for the day-to-day Winemaking at Ridgeview, Simon has the support of a fantastic team.
In his spare time Simon can be found coming up with culinary creations in the kitchen.
Our Aussie import grew up around vines and the passion has never left her. Mardi met Simon whilst working at Brown Bros Winery in Victoria, Australia and came over to the UK with him in 1999 and began the development of the Ridgeview brand. Her responsibilities include PR, Brand, Marketing and Communications.
Mardi enjoys establishing and maintaining relationships, especially with like-minded people who make her job fun.
Simon's key tasks are to liaise with suppliers and to ensure we comply with our food safety accreditation standards (SALSA), as well as any technical requirement laid down by our customers.
To relax Simon enjoys road cycling, listening to music, spending time getting jumped on by his two boys and drinking the odd pint of Harveys.
Without fantastic grapes we have no wine and Matt Strugnell is responsible for making sure this happens. He started working for Ridgeview in 2002 and now has responsibility of all our vineyards in which he works tirelessly to ensure the highest quality fruit. Matt also provides valued advice & support to all Ridgeview’s partnership vineyards.
In his spare time he can be found star gazing or playing very loud rock guitar.
Tom joined Ridgeview in 2014, fresh out of the London hospitality trade. Since then, he has worked his way up to running our sales team. Tom’s key focus is on developing and maintaining our trade relationships and our overall sales strategy. His team doubled in size in 2017 from a team of one to a team of two with Brandon joining him. Tom is hugely passionate about wine and the hospitality industry. He prides himself on building genuine, mutually supportive relationships with the bars, restaurants and distributors that serve our wines throughout the UK and internationally. Tom’s previous role was at The Club at The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden and he has worked in the trade in one form or another since leaving education.
Tom isn’t naturally one to slow down… In addition to Ridgeview, he communicates about wine at events and in the media. In his free time, he prioritises his family life with wife Olivia and beautiful baby Bea. You’ll often find them in a Lewes pub or up The Downs.
Jemma joined Ridgeview as Marketing Manager in December 2017. She started her career in Experiential Marketing working with many drinks brands before moving into strategic brand development in the wine industry. She worked across several wine portfolios at Accolade Wines where she further developed her passion for wine.
Outside work Jemma loves to spend as much time as possible with her family, exploring all things Sussex!
Hannah runs our tasting room and her smiling face will generally be the one to greet you on a visit to our Cellar Door. She is also the person to contact if you want more information on hiring the space for an Event or special occasion. Hannah has worked in hospitality in one form or another since leaving education and has lots of experience working in her family’s small village pub in Plumpton or more recently managing a real ale pub and a cocktail bar in London.
When not at work, Hannah is usually found in the kitchen baking macaroons or cooking for friends and family. She loves going for long walks across the South Downs, although they usually end up at a country pub with a pint of ale!
Chris co-founded Ridgeview with Mike and has taken on a variety of roles within the business, and is now in charge of the Estate, its management, maintenance and expansion.
Chris has a unique eye for detail and problem solving so a new challenge or project is always welcome. Any spare time that Chris has is taken up with her passion for art and her (and Mike’s) four grandsons.
Verity is guardian of the Ridgeview Brand.
She joined Ridgeview in 2011 and is also responsible for Print Production, Website Development and manages relationships with our external creative agencies. She has heaps of experience in the drinks industry having worked for Diageo and First Drinks. She then entered the world of advertising and the drinks brands became her clients.
Outside work she enjoys walks in the country with her family and loves foreign holidays. She’ll always jump at the chance of trying out new restaurants and is passionate about great food and wine.
Esther supports Tamara and the Management team with the day-to-day running of the business. Her experience of HR Management, Office Management and Executive Assistance keeps Ridgeview running efficiently. Esther previously worked as the EA to the Board of Directors at fashion jewellery company Icon Live. You can also see Esther representing Ridgeview at networking events.
Outside of work, Esther is a keen blind wine taster, environmental & wildlife champion and cyclist. She is a regular at the Glastonbury Festival each year.
Kate used to work in the City but much prefers the short commute to the foot of the South Downs. She has adapted her skills with numbers to assist the company’s Accountant and Management Team. Kate who also speaks Spanish and French is passionate about client service and enjoys working with our suppliers and customers.
As a committed foodie and enthusiastic wine sampler, Kate was drawn naturally to Ridgeview. She loves cooking for friends and hosting a party, these passions balanced by a love of cross country running and yoga. Kate is happiest when on a foreign adventure with her husband and two children.
As Associate Winemaker Miguel is involved with supporting Simon with the day-to-day running of the winery across all production areas. Before joining the team at Ridgeview, Miguel worked for a number of wineries around the world as well as completing his BSc in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College.
Outside of work Miguel enjoys spending time with his young family, water skiing in Portugal, and drinking Port.
Scarlet helps to run our tasting room and will generally be one of the team to greet you on a visit to our Cellar Door. She is also the person to contact if you want to book a group tour or hire the space for an Event or special occasion.
Outside of work, Scarlet loves exploring new and exciting restaurants particularly those with interesting wine lists. During the summer months Scarlet is quite often found catching a few rays in a pub garden in Sussex, with a glass of wine and a scruffy border terrier.
Our Ridgeview Bank Manager from inception, Graham supported Ridgeview’s growth for 20 years. With a passion for wine and a belief in Ridgeview, Graham joined us when he retired from banking at NatWest in 2016.
Before joining as our Non-Executive Director, Graham had over 30 years experience in banking and financial planning. Graham is a great support to our CEO Tamara in managing the financial growth of Ridgeview and is leading the project development of our phase three winery.
In his spare time Graham can be found enjoying holidays abroad or dining out with his family. With a fantastic palate and keen interest in wine and Graham has found the perfect way to avoid any ideas of retirement.
Brandon joined Ridgeview in 2016 and supports Tom in the sales team. A key focus for Brandon is Ridgeview’s personal relationships with the bars and restaurants that serve our wines throughout the UK. He can often be found hosting tastings for sommeliers and trade clients and is the face of Ridgeview at many trade events.
Before starting at Ridgeview, Brandon studied Wine Business at Plumpton College and worked in hospitality within the restaurant industry as well gaining industry experience at Dark Star Brewery.
Matt oversees the smooth running of the busy production team within Ridgeview which includes work-flow planning, supply chain management, stock control and resource planning.…. basically he knows the whereabouts of every single bottle of Ridgeview Wine within the business!
Prior to joining Ridgeview Matt had worked in hospitality, before jumping ship to the brewing industry in 2013, where he worked in a numbers of roles including brewing, sales and production management. After seeing the light, Matt joined Ridgeview in January 2018 but remains un-biases to which beverage he prefers to drink.
When not at work Matt enjoys going abroad (mainly skiing) and socialising with friends and family, normally revolving around good food and drink.
Chris is part of the production team and handles all logistics from finished products to dry goods, coming to and from the winery. As well as an office-based role, Chris enjoys being hands on and working in the winery with the rest of the production team.
Prior to joining Ridgeview in the Autumn of 2018, Chris worked for Miller UK in Northumberland, as Distribution Supervisor for 8 years, before moving south to Eastbourne.
When not at work, Chris is usually found on a rugby pitch playing for Eastbourne, his local team, followed by a knees-up in the club house with friends and family.
JJ is part of the production team and is the main man when it comes to disgorging and labelling. JJ works with other key members to manage demand planning and the schedule for both contract and Ridgeview orders.
Having completed a vintage in Australia, JJ decided to go to Plumpton to expand his knowledge. Following this he completed other vintages aboard and domestically before settling down at Ridgeview,
When not at work, JJ can be found spending time with wife Justine and socialising with friends and family.
After graduating from Portsmouth with a Maths degree, Tom left the country to work abroad for five years. Splitting his time between South Korea, where he taught English, and New Zealand, where he worked ski seasons in the winters and on a vineyard in the summers. It was that vineyard experience that sparked his interest in wine and viticulture. So, on Tom's return to England he decided to focus on developing a career in the burgeoning UK wine industry. He completed the WSET’s level two award in wine and spirits and began to work in the vineyard for Nyetimber. After a year working there, Tom moved to Ridgeview in January 2019 to continue his learning.
Outside of work you’ll find Tom either dreaming of mountains, in the mountains or finishing off a bottle of wine with friends.
From harvest to bottling, Becky assists in every process of winemaking. Her general knowledge of wine and passion for winemaking , means she also loves to step in and host the occasional tour. Thanks to her dad, Becky has always had a close association with wine and it was only natural that she would end up making it!
In 2017 Becky completed a BSc in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College. Following this she spent two vintages in France (Languedoc-Roussillon and Beaujolais) where she fell in love with winemaking and on her return worked with another English producer, in both the vineyard and the winery.
When not working Becky enjoys cross-country running; seeing her family; walking her dog and cooking for friends. She also enjoy tasting new, esoteric wines with her boyfriend who is also in the trade and on a sunny afternoon you will find her in a pub garden.
Jack works as a cellar hand at Ridgeview, assisting the head winemakers in the various stages of the winemaking process.
Originally from Derry, Ireland. Jack studied Environmental Science at Queen Mary, University of London and after graduating, he moved to Argentina where he worked in a winery. He then studied an MSc in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College before joining Ridgeview.
In his spare time Jack likes to play football, surf (when Brighton gets waves), go to gigs and galleries and of course the pub!
Jack is part of the Ridgeview winery team and always busy in the cellar filtering, blending, racking and generally taking care of the wine from pressing through to bottling.
Having worked in the drinks industry in one way or another for most of his life, it was whilst working in a restaurant serving interesting, different and little known wines, that his interest in the winemaking process was sparked. To explore this further, Jack ended up travelling to America to work harvest at a winery in Napa and got absolutely hooked. As soon as he returned to England he found a job in a winery, before joining Ridgeview in January 2019.
When not at work he loves spending time with friends and family. Getting into London as much as possible to check out any new art exhibitions and enjoying a good bottle of wine or a pint of Cornish ale.
Lorlei is part of the production team and helps to ensure all orders go out on time and meet the correct specifications. Lorlei also helps key members of production to ensure all technical requirements are met.
Having worked in hospitality and retail for a number years, Lorlei joined Ridgeview in early 2018 to expand her knowledge and interest in English wine.
When not at work, Lorlei enjoys going to live music concerts and festivals, as well as touring Brighton with friends and family to find the best burger!