Ridgeview named Viticulture Grower of the Year
Ridgeview has been proclaimed as Viticulture Grower of the Year in Horticulture Week’s Annual Grower of the Year Awards. Hosted at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, the awards gathered over 500 professionals to celebrate the very best of UK production horticulture. As proof of how far the English wine industry has progressed Grower of the Year Awards introduced a category for Viticulture for the first time in 2017. There are now over 500 vineyards in the UK producing over 5 million bottles per year and the land under vine in England in 2017 is set to increase by 18%.
Ridgeview have been pioneering in English sparkling viticulture since their foundation in 1995. Established by Mike and Chris Roberts they were one of the first to identify the potential of Southern England as a world class sparkling wine producing region. The viticultural map of the UK has changed dramatically in Ridgeview’s life time. Cool climate wine production is challenging and Ridgeview have learnt to adapt processes and techniques to reflect this. From the onset, Ridgeview have been committed to sustainable practices in viticulture and are widely regarded for their dedication to quality and innovation.
Ridgeview’s Viticulture Grower of the Year award was accepted by Vineyard Manager Matt Strugnell, who has managed Ridgeview’s home estate and has assisted many of their partnership vineyards for over 15 years. Matt has been instrumental in the care and attention to detail of the vineyard and passionate about the production of the very best grapes possible.
Quote from Matt: ‘This was the first time that viticulture has been recognised by an award in the UK, and to be the recipient was a real honour and something of which I am very proud. Managing one of the leading vineyards in the English sparkling wine revival has its challenges but has been so rewarding. This award is a great acknowledgment of Ridgeview’s innovation and progression in the last 20 years. ‘
Ridgeview now export 20% of production to 13 countries around the world and their sparkling wines have been used on many prestigious occasions including served by the Queen to President Obama and the Chinese State President. This success could not have happened without the raw material of grapes being of the highest quality and Ridgeview are thrilled for this to be acknowledged by Grower of the Year Awards.