Ridgeview celebrates new brand direction

Ridgeview launched our striking new branding at The Savoy. The new labels are a bold move away from the previous classic and traditional packaging, to a contemporary, modern and proudly English design. As one of the first wineries  to be solely devoted to the production of English sparkling wine, we have led the way for over 20 years in national and international development of the category. The new look has a celebratory theme, inspired by founders Mike and Christine Roberts original ethos that ‘Life is for Celebrating’.

The new range was launched with colleagues and friends from the wine trade and media at the beautiful art deco Beaufort Bar in The Savoy. The Savoy provided the perfect back drop for the launch, where Ridgeview is proudly served in one of London’s oldest and most famous restaurants, Simpson’s in the Strand.

Tamara Roberts (Chief Executive of Ridgeview) commented: “Our new-look is a deliberate move away from the more traditional sparkling wine design cues. As a team we decided it was time to create a new path and celebrate the progressive and innovate nature of our dynamic industry in our branding. We can now confidentially stand on our own two feet and tell the story of our part in the historical rise of English sparkling wine. The design journey has been both exciting and challenging and we cannot thank enough the talented Brighton based designers at CookChick for delivering our vision.”

There is incredible detail and thought behind every element of the design. The new logo highlights the inspiration behind Ridgeview’s name, the glorious view of the South Downs Ridge from the vineyard and tasting room. The R wraps around the V in celebration of life, family and the beautiful location. Ridgeview worked extremely closely with the brand specialists CookChick Design.

Co-Founder & Director Lee Cook: “Being the most respected English Sparkling wine brand we were honoured to be the chosen agency for this exciting project. The objective was very simple…’To create category leading packaging to match their industry leading and multi award winning wines’. The statement from Ridgeview’s founder Mike Roberts “Life is for Celebrating” defined the pivotal centre of this project brief and one we were proud to have visually imbued in the big idea and the intricate details throughout the brand identity and packaging”.

All of Ridgeview’s sparkling wines are traditionally fermented in one of England’s only underground specialists wine cellars. The colour palate in the neck label was inspired by the bottle caps that seal the wines whilst they are resting in the cellar. The signature wine ‘Bloomsbury’ also contains the colours of a blue and green wrap, where the vineyard and the South Downs meet the blue skies. The complex labels with rose gold detailing were printed by drinks label specialists Multi-Color. Ridgeview’s strap ‘Life is for celebrating’ is continued with a message unwrapped in every carbon-reducing foil produced by Rankin and Sparflex.

Media requests, images and interviews can be arranged with

Ridgeview Marketing and Communications Director: Mardi Roberts

mardi@ridgeview.co.uk 01444 242040 

 

Leading Sussex Wineries join to promote Sussex Wine Region

Top Sussex Wine Producers have teamed together to form ‘Sussex Wineries’ with the aim of promoting regional Sussex Wine tourism. Launched at the Brighton seaside restaurant Murmur on Monday evening, industry, press, trade and peers gathered together to celebrate this new collaboration.

Sussex Wineries is a joining together of inspiring wine estates who are responsible for producing many internationally acclaimed wines; featuring Albourne Estate, Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Bolney Wine Estate, Oxney Organic, Rathfinny Estate, Ridgeview, Stopham Vineyards and Wiston Estate. Sam Lintner CEO of Bolney and Tamara Roberts CEO of Ridgeview launched the new initiative with a welcome speech.

Guest gathered together with the Iconic backdrop of Brighton’s West Pier to sample some of the very best of the award-winning Sussex wines with perfectly matched canapés provided by Murmur, the latest venture of Great British Menu Chef Michael Bremner. The event was supported by Riedel glassware, with wines were served in Riedel Veritas glasses specifically chosen for their ability to maximise flavour and versatility for still and sparkling wines.

Sussex is now widely regarded as producing some of the best sparkling wine in the world with wine producers having already won trophies in many international wine competitions. Sussex vineyards are based on a diverse range of soil types, including the iconic chalk of the South Downs. Sussex is also recognised as one of the sunniest areas in England. These inherent natural factors make Sussex an ideal region to produce grapes of outstanding quality for wine production.

The Sussex Wine website http://sussexwineries.co.uk/ is now live with information about all the wineries and opportunities for visitors locally, nationally and internationally. The first collaborative event is Sussex Wineries Weekend celebrating ‘Sussex Day’ from the 15th – 17th of June. Each winery will have a schedule of events throughout the weekend to encourage visitors to experience the diversity of what is on offer in Sussex as a wine region.

Sussex Wineries encourage visitors to discover their wines, tasting rooms, cafés, accommodation, tours and experiences with the aim of working together to put Sussex on the International Wine Tourism Map.

How does snow affect the vines?

By Ridgeview Vineyard Manager Matt Strugnell

In this cold and snowy week, how are our vines coping with ‘The Beast from the East?’ Thankfully our vines are fully dormant (asleep) at the moment. The coldest spot at Ridgeview was -10.0 C early on Wednesday morning, and probably not enough to cause any damage. Another drop of 5 degrees, and we might start to see a few buds being damaged, but it would take a further 10 degree drop to start seeing significant problems. There is a general rule that if the annual minimum temperature falls below -20 degrees C, more than once a decade, then problems occur. Some cultivars are more cold hardy than others; Chardonnay is slightly more winter hardy than Pinot noir for example. But overall, in Southern England, periods of extreme cold are fairly uncommon.

Fortunately most of our pruning is completed which could be cold and tricky in this weather. I don’t expect these cold temperatures to have an effect on budburst, or indeed the timing of the coming season. Grapevines, like most fruit crops do require a certain amount of chilling over winter, to kick start the next growing season. So budburst is really more about how the seasonal temperature during second half of March and early April is. Of course, as the buds start to swell, and the new shoots for this year’s crop emerge, this is the time we have to start being vigilant for Spring frosts, which, whilst not causing long term injury to the vines, can impact this year’s crop. There will be more about what we do to protect our vines in spring  in the next update.

Crowned Best Sussex Drinks Producer

Ridgeview was proclaimed the Sussex Drink Producer of the Year at the 12th annual Sussex Food & Drink Awards held at Brighton’s Amex Stadium. 15,000 members of the Sussex public voted for the awards that are designed to celebrate excellence among local food and drink. 400 guests gathered together at the black tie gala dinner to enjoy a seven-course banquet created by Sodexo Prestige with the best of local ingredients. The awards scheme is run by Natural Partnership and the Drinks Producer Award sponsored by ‘The Pass’ Restaurant at South Lodge Exclusive Hotel.

This is the 3rd time Ridgeview have won this prestigious award which is a testament to their reputation as a trusted brand in exciting growth industry of English sparkling wine. The Judges commented “Ridgeview is a thriving, sustainable wine business which is also a centre of excellence bringing huge benefits to many others in the food and drink community around them”. Ridgeview’s Assistant Vineyard Manager Luke Spalding was awarded runner-up Sussex Young Farmer of the Year at the event.

Tamara Roberts Ridgeview’s CEO said “We are so proud to have received this award in such a competitive category. It is wonderful that we are all really making a name for Sussex as a leading light in craft beer, wines and spirits production. It is a real honour be voted by the general public and a testament to the passion and dedication of our fantastic team”.

Exclusive Hotels and Venues announces English sparkling wine Ridgeview as new house pour

Exclusive Hotels and Venues is pleased to announce that English Sparkling Wine Ridgeview has been appointed as the official house pour across the portfolio. The partnership, which commences this Summer, will focus on Bloomsbury and the Fitzrovia Rosé sparkling wines.

Founded in 1995, Ridgeview is family run winery based in Ditchling, Sussex and are renowned for their award-winning range. Last year, Ridgeview were named as the official sparkling wine of No.10 Downing Street and the portfolio has also been chosen for numerous state banquets at Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Andrew Farrow, David Connell and Danny Pecorelli of Exclusive Hotels with Tamara Roberts, Mardi Roberts and Tom Surgey of Ridgeview Wine Estate at South Lodge. photo ©Julia Claxton

Tamara Roberts CEO of Ridgeview commented “It is wonderful to be working with Exclusive Hotels and Venues. With such beautiful settings with passionate staff that we feel Exclusive are the perfect match for Ridgeview.  As a family business with shared values we look forward to working together and we are very proud to have our wines listed at such prestigious venues.”

On the appointment, Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director at Exclusive, comments “We are thrilled to have Ridgeview on board as the official sparkling pour for the Exclusive portfolio. We are always keen to support and champion local businesses, and with Ridgeview’s award-winning credentials and dedication to quality it was a natural choice for us to make.”

Exclusive Hotels and Venues is a collection of 4 five star hotels, 2 country house venues and 1 stunning golf club. It boasts award-winning restaurants, a world class spa, and personality in abundance. The beautiful, individual bedrooms and suites make for perfect hotel breaks.

Ridgeview appoints Banville as US national distributor

Ridgeview are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Banville Wine Merchants. As part of an expansion push in the US market, Ridgeview and Banville have agreed a national import and distribution arrangement that reflects a shared commitment to excellent fine wines from great terroirs.

Lia Tolaini-Banville, Owner of Banville Wine Merchants stated: “Ridgeview makes for the perfect addition to our growing portfolio. Nestled at the foot of South Downs, this second-generation,family-owned winery is the embodiment of Banville’s philosophy: great wine from great terroir.” 

“US demand for English sparklers is growing, and we are proud to be part of making these great wines more widely available in the USA. We couldn’t be more pleased about our partnership with Banville Wine Merchants,”  said Ridgeview CEO Tamara Roberts. “Banville’s portfolio selection is a testament to their insistence on high quality imports and we are happy to be among these. Their headquarters in New York allows us to build our presence in US markets where demand for English sparkling wine is greatest, while giving us the support we need to be successful in continuing to spread our efforts throughout the USA.”

Ridgeview Wine Estate was founded in 1995 by the Roberts family. Ridgeview are the proud winners of numerous international sparkling wine trophies and their wine is served regularly at Buckingham Palace and the official sparkling wine of No. 10 Downing Street. Leading the way in export of English sparkling wine, Ridgeview can now be found in 14 countries around the world.

Banville Wine Merchants was founded in 2004 by Pier Luigi Tolaini and his daughter Lia Tolaini with a head office in New York City. Banville is a national fine wine importer with a focus on European imports, specifically family-owned, terroir driven producers’ therefore is the perfect fit for Ridgeview to increase their successful US presence.

The Queen serves Ridgeview to Chinese Premier

Ridgeview’s Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2009 was served last night at the state banquet held by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace as part of the current state visit by Chinese Premier Xi Jinping.

Guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, PM David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Jinping and his wife. They were served Ridgeview’s Grosvenor 2009 Brut as an aperitif before dinner which included fillet of West Coast turbot and loin of Balmoral venison in a Madeira  and truffle sauce.

Tamara Roberts, CEO said of the news; “We’re thrilled that our Grosvenor 2009 was served on such a prestigious occasion and are honoured that it has now been enjoyed at three state banquets including being served to President Obama. This is testament to the British royal family’s support and belief in the quality of English sparkling wine on an international stage.”

From The Guardian: “… nurturers of Britain’s nascent wine industry with an eye on an emerging markets, where appreciation of wine is a status symbol, might hope that senior communist party palettes will haves been ticklet by the Ridgeview Grosvenor 2009, a sparkling English wine…”

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Gordon Ramsay to serve Ridgeview in Bordeaux restaurant.

Read Henry Samuel’s article for The Telegraph, on the news that British celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, is to serve sparkling English wine at his newly opened Bordeaux restaurant.

Ridgeview is to feature on the wine list, alongside other English wine producers including Gusbourne Estate, Coates & Seely and Cornwall’s Camel Valley.

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