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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


There are many different producers of Champagne, Cava and Prosecco, but what is the difference? 

Difference No. 1

Prosecco is from Italy, Champagne is from France and Cava is from Spain.


Difference No. 2

Prosecco is a Grape, Champagne is a Region and Cava is a ‘Denominacion de Origen’ (see my blog entry about the meaning of  AOC as that is the French equivalent).

Difference No. 3

Champagne is really expensive.

Difference No. 4

Both Champagne and Cava are made using ‘Champenoise traditional method’ and the bubbles are generated as a result of a second fermentation which occurs in the bottle once it is corked.  Prosecco, on the other hand, undergoes its second fermentation in the tank and is bottled afterwards.

So, do I keep it safe or can I drink it?

Champagne and Cava alike can be laid down for some time, but only if they are ‘Vintage’, ‘Non-Vintage’ (NV) should be drunk young.  The good news about Prosecco is it’s made to be drunk young, so get stuck in!  In fact in Italy they sell it in cans just like coke or lemonade.

I hope you fell a little more enlightened about the differences and enjoy your bubbles all the more with your new found knowledge!