ICCWS gains family-run English Sparkling wine as sponsors
Ridgeview is a family company, established in 1994 on the South Downs of Sussex in England, producing sparkling wine from traditional Champagne varieties and methods. At the forefront in the recent emergence of English Sparkling wine, in 2010 Ridgeview caught global attention when they received the trophy for the best sparkling wine in Decanter Awards, the first time this has ever been awarded outside Champagne. Ridgeview’s sparkling wines have become a global success and are exported to over a dozen countries around the globe.
Why has Ridgeview decided to sponsor ICCWS 2016?
In the words of the late Mike Roberts MBE, founder of Ridgeview.
“We are very proud that the ICCWS will be held here in the UK in 2016. We are already being recognised as making world beating wines and this will help enormously in creating a truly international industry.
The importance of the ICCWS can be demonstrated by the event held in New Zealand in 1988. It was at a stage in the development of the NZ industry which was not at all dissimilar to that of English Wine today. It really put that country on the world wine map. We have to remember that the real growth of “New World” wine is over a relatively short timescale. The events held in Oregon and Rochester – again embryonic wine areas – helped further develop wine making in USA.
I have attended two ICCWS. My first visit, Melbourne 2000, was as a speaker in a forum presented on the production of Cool Climate Sparkling Wine. I was honoured to speak alongside seven of the New World’s most eminent winemakers and I learnt a great deal from them. In 2006 I went to Christchurch.
These symposia are highly technical, covering all aspects of wine from grape growing and wire making to sustainability and marketing in considerable depth. The presenters are greatly respected people. There is no political agenda and no commercialisation of the events. The attendees are from right around the global wine world.”