Ridgeview Wine Estate
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.
Planted in 1995, the perfect site for vines essential for sparkling wine production was found in the foothills of the South Downs and the Ridgeview vineyard was born. Situated near the picturesque village of Ditchling, we orginially selected three clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier on three different rootstocks to allow us to explore which was best suited for our land. The chalk and clay soils of the South Downs have proven to be a fantastic location for growing these classic varieties. The cool climate enables our grapes to retain high levels of natural acidity when they are fully ripe which is crucial to producing full flavoured sparkling wines. Our vines have been meticulously managed by Vineyard Manager Matt Strugnell for over 15 years. Instrumental in the care and attention to detail of the vineyard, Matt, who was awarded ‘Grower of the Year 2017’, is extremely passionate about producing the very best grapes possible.
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