Ridgeview Vineyard Chardonnay Vines

Ridgeview Vineyard Chardonnay Vines

We decided to take a mosey down to Sussex this weekend and have a nose around a producer who has been on our radar for some time. Ridgeview Vineyard was founded in 1994 by Mike and Chris Roberts.  Their mission – “to produce world class sparkling wines in the South Downs of England”.  Members of the second generation of the family are now established in key roles within Ridgeview, keeping the family tradition going. They have their original vineyard right next to the winery which is 100% Chardonnay and produces their Blanc de Blancs – a zesty, crisp little number.  Their other vines are dotted around the surrounding countryside. We were met at the winery by the lovely Hannah, who generously took us through the 6 wines of Ridgeview.  They only produce vintage wines these days, so no blended non-vintages.  We were tasting 2013 (2012 was a disastrous year in the industry and the previous vintages were like the proverbial ‘hot cake’). English sparkling wines are growing a strong reputation in the wine industry and amongst consumers too.  We hope to have one of the Ridgeview family and their wines at our up coming tasting so stay tuned! View our other sparkling wines here >

Ridgeview Vineyard Wine Tasting

Ridgeview Vineyard Wine Tasting

Ridgeview Vineyard Wines

Ridgeview Vineyard Wines

 

The average life expectancy of a Sardinian resident is 81 – they must be doing something right!Sardinia wine map

Sardinian wine culture is quite different to that of mainland Italy.  The grape varieties planted in Sardinian vineyards bear little resemblance to those in any other Italian wine region. Instead of grapes such as Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Barbera, Trebbiano – so typical of southern Italy – we find more Spanish and French varieties, such as Grenache (known as Cannonau in Sardinia), Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan.

Historically, Sardinian white wines were produced in high volume with relatively high alcohol.  Thankfully, more recently, Sardinia’s producers have been reducing yields, favouring quality rather than quantity and thus, we bring you two wines from the wonderful Poderi Parpinello.  

The Parpinello family have run their 30 hectare estate & winery with passion for three generations. Giampaolo Parpinello and his son Paolo strive to maintain the respect for the typicity of the wines from the Sardinian terroir. The vineyards are situated on a gentle slope between Alghero and Sassari, in the North-West of the island. In order to reflect this typicity, the most modern winemaking technology is successfully combined with traditional farming, respectful of the ecosystem. The result is high quality wines with aromas and flavours, which recall those of the territory from which they originate. 

You can view their wines here >