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, Ridgeview originally selected three clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier on three different rootstocks to allow them to explore which was best suited for the 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 the grapes to retain high levels of natural acidity when they are fully ripe which is crucial to producing full flavoured sparkling wines.
The vines have been meticulously managed for over 15 years. Instrumental in the care and attention to detail of the vineyard, the Vineyard Manager was awarded ‘Grower of the Year 2017’ and is extremely passionate about producing the very best grapes possible.
Ridgeview wines have been served at Royal State Visits, Parliamentary Dinners and top Restaurants throughout the United Kingdom.
Placing English sparkling wines on the global stage, Ridgeview has been awarded multiple international trophies and accolades. Responsible for changing hearts and minds on the perception of English sparkling wine, Ridgeview has paved the way for global recognition of our thriving, yet still emerging industry.
Here is a summary of their most proud achievements to date:
World’s Best Sparkling Wine – Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
Best International Sparkling Wine – IWSC 2005 & 2011
Best English Sparkling Wine – IWC 2012
Best English Producer – IWSC 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010 & 2011
Best International Sparkling Rosé – Mondial du Rosé France, 2007
UKVA Wine of the Year – 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010 & 2011
Egon Ronay Grand Prix in Gastronomy – 2007
Giffords Hall Vineyard
Giffords Hall is a family owned vineyard planted on the site of an ancient glacial riverbed near Long Melford in Suffolk. Their sandy/clay soil produces quality grapes, high in natural sugars and acids, that lend themselves particularly well to both sparkling and dry, aromatic still wines.
Giffords Hall wines have a delicate floral character very typical of the region. Each Vintage is carefully produced in small batch tanks and barrels only, with particular attention to the individual areas on their terroir. Their winemaker uses the best batches to individually craft the different wines, and they have achieved many awards over the years.
All wines are suitable for vegetarians & vegans!
This years vendage has been racked and is now ageing on its lees in our lovely French Oak barrels.
Their wines have received many awards and trophies over the years including the National English Wine Trophy.
Glyndwr Vineyard is the oldest and largest established vineyard in Wales. The current owners pioneered the revival of viticulture in Wales, establishing Glyndwr Vineyard in 1979, making it the oldest family estate in Wales.
Glyndwr are passionate about their home and surroundings and the important bond between nature and the wine they produce.
Their menagerie of chickens, ducks and wild pheasants roam the vineyard, hedges are left to grow wild to encourage bird life and the vines are treated with organic material.
With the experience of 35 years playing an important role in the current success and reputation of the vineyard, the owners have built up an extensive network of loyal customers including, the Celtic Manor Resort, Glen-yr-Afon Hotel, and numerous family run delis from St David’s in Pembrokeshire to Wally’s in Cardiff.
Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of fine, award-winning wines which have been carefully blended and fermented by their skilled winemaker for over 35 years.
Glyndwr wines have won many competitions and commendations from Decanter Magazine to the UK Vineyards Association Awards. The sparkling wines have been particularly successful with the Brut taking first prize in the renowned South West Vineyards Association competition. The red wine, judged by four Masters of Wine, was singled out for a double gold in the same competition, the first time this accolade had ever been awarded.
Lyme Bay Winery
The Lyme Bay Winery: a small, dedicated West Country company passionate about producing delicious and award-winning English Wines, Fruit Wines, Ciders, Meads and Liqueurs from their home in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley.
Under the watchful eye of their brilliant winemaking team and using secret blends of local ingredients, they take great care crafting traditional recipes into award-winning drinks, tailored to the 21st-century palette. Each of these are fermented, blended and aged, as appropriate, right here at the Winery.
Treading the normal path is not for them! They prefer to trust their inventive instincts and sense of creativity to push the boundaries whilst aiming for the best possible quality in all that they do.
More recently, and to further this passion, they entered into the world of English wine, planting 26,000 vines in 2009 and 2010 within a stone’s throw of the Winery in Devon. They also source grapes from a select group of the best growers in the South of England because they believe that truly special wines are born from grapes with diverse backgrounds.
All in all, this bold approach to producing category-defining drinks has paid off. Over the last 25 years they have seen the success and reputation of their products soar: having won 35 awards in 2016 alone, from prestigious competitions including the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the International Cider Challenge, the Decanter World Wine Awards and many more.
What's more, their philosophy of making the very best products has also been recognised this year in achieving the highest possible industry accreditation; the ‘British Retail Consortium Global Standard’, which was awarded to them with an A-grade and makes them the only English wine producer to hold this prestigious accolade.
When ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie planted their first eight thousand vines in 1989, they never dreamed of the phenomenal success they would achieve within 2 decades. They had bought their farm in the heart of the Cornish countryside several years earlier, seeking a change from service life and the perfect place to bring up their young family, and initially farmed sheep and cattle. Each summer they watched the grass turn brown on the sun-drenched slopes of the Camel Valley, and wondered if vines might enjoy such an aspect.
Bob ‘did a vintage' in Germany and both took viticulture courses and read every vine and wine book they could find. They built a winery and equipped it with the finest equipment they could afford. Annie is the first to admit the early years weren't easy: ‘We practically lived in the vineyard, doing all the work by hand, and when it came to harvest time it was just us and a few friends for picking, then Bob would stay up all night crushing the grapes. But we loved it, always striving for perfection in the vineyard and the winery, and then we won a medal in the national English Wine competition for our first wine, so we knew we were doing something right.'
More awards followed over the years, with Camel Valley wines consistently winning medals at both national and international level. In 2002 Bob and Annie won the Waitrose Drinks Producer of the Year Award, and the following year the South West Business Challenge award for Creating Wealth in the Rural Community. Bob continued as Winemaker, but now had a small team of full time staff to help in the vineyard and a new state of the art winery, and had started making Cornwall's first Traditional Method sparkling wine as well as still wines. His finest moment came in 2005 with an International Wine Challenge Gold Medal for Camel Valley ‘Cornwall' sparkling wine. ‘I was so proud to have won this, as our wine was up against the finest wines in the whole world and was the only gold medal awarded to a non-Champenoise wine. I really felt that I had set the standard for generations to come.'
National Champion Trophy for 2015 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships
Lifetime Achievement Award for Bob Lindo at the International Wine Challenge
Platinum, 97 points, for 2015 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut at the Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold for 2015 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut at the International Wine Challenge
Trophy for 2015 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut at the Wine GB Awards
Gold for 2015 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut at the Wine GB Awards
Gold for 2014 Camel Valley Cornwall Brut at the Wine GB Awards
‘Best managed Small Business’ Trophy for 2017 Camel Valley Vineyard at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards
Silver for 2014 Camel Valley Cornwall Brut at the Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver for 2014 White Pinot Noir at the International Wine Challenge
Silver for 2015 Curvée Raymond Blanc at the International Wine Challenge
Gold for 2015 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships
Silver for 2016 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rose Brut at the International Wine Challenge
Silver for 2014 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut at the International Wine Challenge
Silver for 2015 Camel Valley Classic Cuvee at the International Wine Challenge
Silver for 2014 Camel Valley Darnibole Brut at the International Wine Challenge
First & only vineyard to receive by Appointment HRH status