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.