February 13th, 2018
Ridgeview Wine Estate was proclaimed the Sussex Drink Producer of the Year at the 12th annual Sussex Food & Drink Awards held at Brighton’s Amex Stadium last Wednesday. 15,000 members of the Sussex public voted on the awards, which celebrate excellence in 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, the restaurant at South Lodge Exclusive Hotel.
This is the third time Ridgeview have won the prestigious award. 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”.
“We are so proud to have received this award in such a competitive category,” said Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview. “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 to be voted for by the general public, and a testament to the passion and dedication of our fantastic team”.
Ridgeview was founded in 1995 by the Roberts family. The wine estate has revealed ambitious plans to double its output by 2020, including the construction of a new winery in 2018. Ridgeview wines are served regularly at Buckingham Palace, and their signature Bloomsbury blend is the official sparkling wine of No. 10 Downing Street. Leading the way in export of English sparkling wine, Ridgeview can be found in many fine restaurants and resellers across the UK and in 15 countries around the world.
Ridgeview’s Assistant Vineyard Manager Luke Spalding was also awarded runner-up Sussex Young Farmer of the Year at the event.