English sparkling wine continues to skyrocket, with sales growing at double-digit figures. There are some fantastic producers right on our doorstep, but few can compare to Ridgeview, a world-class sparkling wine producer in England’s South Downs.
In just 20 years, Ridgeview’s wines have become a beacon in the English wine industry and they’ve been awarded over 250 medals and 27 trophies in both international and national competitions. They are also now fully vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Now run by winemaker Simon Roberts and his sister Tamara (Ridgeview’s CEO), their journey started in 1995 when their parents, Mike and Chris Roberts, found a piece of land in the South Downs and planted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines.
A stone (and a half’s) throw from Brighton, Ridgeview’s vineyards benefit from the best of British terroir: clay-loam top soil with a deep limestone ridge to bring crispness and freshness to the wines. Their philosophy is simple: minimal intervention in order to allow the fruit to speak for itself.
“Ridgeview, a second generation family company, have been at the forefront of the revolution in English sparkling production. To be working with world-class sparkling wines from so close to our doorstep is incredibly exciting, and testament to what English sparkling wine can achieve,” says Jamie Avenell, Bibendum buyer for England