Sussex Winemaker Takes Home Top Award

Published on by Callum French (author)

A selection of the wines on offer. (photo: Callum French)
A selection of the wines on offer.

Based near Ditchling, East Sussex. Ridgeview Wines are no stranger to awards.


However, this is the first time an English winemaker has won the coveted Winemaker of the Year at The International Wine & Spirits Competition.


It is widely regarded as the “Oscars” of the winemaking world and it beat out close competition from over 90 different countries.


Mardi Roberts, Head of Communications at Ridgeview said: “The International Wine & Spirits Competition is one of the most globally recognised competitions for quality.


She went on to say: “We’re still celebrating to this day and can’t believe it, wonderful for us to be named International Winemaker of the Year…. But more importantly wonderful for the English sparkling wine industry.


Ridgeview, which is a family run business are going to celebrate their 25th year of operations next year. They happen to be the sparkling wine of choice when Buckingham Palace and even Downing Street decide to host state banquets and events.


There are six different varieties of sparkling wine produced at the winery; from the Bloomsbury or Cavendish bottles which retail for £30 all the way up to the Magnum Rosé which sells for a juicy £120.


Ridgeview also boasts one of the only underground wine cellars in the country, the wine is stored underground to ensure it keeps cool during the warmer summer months.


The winery is currently undergoing a multi-million pound upgrade with a new bottling facility being built, which should boost total annual output from around a quarter of a million to half a million bottles.

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