Producer of the Month: Ridgeview Wine Estate
Ridgeview is a family company dedicated to the production of the highest quality sparkling wine using traditional sparkling grape varieties and methods. Devotion to the vineyards and winemaking has resulted in Ridgeview being the proud winners of numerous international sparkling wine trophies. Ridgeview was founded in 1994 by Mike and Chris Roberts and is dedicated to creating world class sparkling wines in the South Downs of England. Our vineyards specialise in growing classic grape varieties to make the highest quality bottle fermented sparkling wines. The world class status of our wines is reflected by the number of national & international medals and trophies we have received since the release of our first wines from the 1996 vintage. The second generation of the family have now become established in key roles within Ridgeview, enabling the continued expansion of the business. Our dedication, passion and determination have significantly contributed to the international reputation and popularity now attributed to English Sparkling Wine. This passion and determination is shared by a great team of dedicated staff who are fundamental to the continuing success of Ridgeview.
Why do you do what you do?
I have been the Winemaker at Ridgeview for 20 years and wouldn't change that for the world.What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working in a family business with a fantastic team and being able to create together an international award winning product that is enjoyed as a part of many celebrations.
What do you enjoy least about your job?
The variables of worrying about the weather which is shared with most people in agriculture.
What achievement are you most proud of?
Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2006 winning the Decanter Best Sparkling in the World Awards in 2010. This is the first & only time this award has been awarded outside of Champagne.
Why should we buy British produce?
We must support our local producers if we are going to have a viable and sustainable food industry going forward. We have excellent quality products which are great value and if people are serious about food miles then why would you buy produce from outside of Britain?
How do you think we should be promoting British?
Focus on quality, regionality and sustainability of produce and the stories of producers. We need to engage with consumers as people and not just big brands.
If you were an advertising executive what slogan would you use to promote British food?
Quality and sustainable produce on your doorstep.
What's on the menu this evening?
Best of British pork chops!
How can people get hold of your produce?
Direct from our website at www.ridgeview.co.uk, Laithwaites wine clubs, nationwide from Waitrose, selected Marks & Spencers, The Wine Society, Berry Brothers and many other independent local resellers (please contact us for details).