What
  • Artisan Mixers
  • Artisan Nibbles
  • Distillery
  • Place to drink English Wine/Spirits
  • Place to learn about wine/spirits
  • Places to Stay and/or Eat
  • Vineyard
Where

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.

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