We work closely with Italian wineries that we know well, but we are always looking to expand our portfolio to include other estates, from other countries, that fit our philosophy (family-run, small-production wineries; focus on special grapes/wines; passion projects). It's important to us that we meet the winery team, to get to know their stories.
2020 has been a challenge, given limits on travel to visit the vineyards directly. However, we feel excited to share wines from a Sussex estate that we visited in 2018, which is located a 30-minute drive inland from the coastal towns where both Chris and I grew up! Plus, 2020 is Ridgeview's 25th anniversary so a great excuse to pop the cork on English bubbly!! :)
Responsible for putting English sparkling wines on the global stage when it was the first sparkling wine produced outside of Champagne to take the top spot at Decanter (2010), Ridgeview has been on a roll ever since. Throughout its 25-year history, Ridgeview has done more than any other to change minds and hearts on the perception of English sparkling wine and pave the way for global recognition of the now thriving English wine industry.
Naturally, many consumers want to taste and experience wines that have been critically acclaimed. Most people, however, are more compelled by how an experience makes them feel and the stories behind those feelings. In both regards, Ridgeview is peerless. As the favoured drink of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, could there be a more amazing ambassador? And if feeling like royalty and sipping on the same bubbles as the queen isn’t exciting enough, this is the same drink famously served to both Barack Obama and Xi Jing Ping during state banquets at Buckingham palace. Oh yes, and it’s the official and exclusive sparkling wine of Number 10 Downing Street.