English wine estate Ridgeview has won the Winemaker of the Year in the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2018.
This is the first time in the IWSC’s 49-year history that the award has been presented to an English producer. The competition attracts entries from more than 90 countries and is seen as a benchmark for quality with more than 400 global experts assisting with the judging.
Ridgeview’s CEO Tamara Roberts said: ‘It is difficult to comprehend the enormity of this award to Ridgeview and the family. Being the first English sparkling wine producer to win such a coveted trophy from the ‘Oscars’ of the wine world is a huge achievement. I love the IWSC for its uncompromising focus on quality which gives all producers a way of benchmarking their wines against the very best in the world. Being recognised as the International Winemaker of the Year shows just what can be done when quality is at the heart of everything you do. Our achievements will always be tinged with sadness that Dad is no longer here with us, but we take great comfort that we are living his dream and that life really is for celebrating.”
Ridgeview was also awarded the award for English Producer of Year and English Wine of the Year for their Marksman 2014, a collaboration with Marks & Spencer. As winners of the best English Wine Trophy Ridgeview were eligible for the overall world-wide trophy and were ecstatic to be even considered in such illustrious company.
Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said: “2018 is proving to be a corking year for English wine. The increased number of vineyards, heatwave and warm autumn have resulted in a bumper harvest for our wine producers, who are delighted with the quality of the grapes. Everything points to 2018 being a vintage year!
“On top of this Ridgeview have been crowned the world’s best winemaker, which is a first and a sensational achievement. At the WSTA we are delighted for the Ridgeview team. English wine has well and truly earned a world class reputation for excellence,” he said.