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Sussex: Ridgeview wins trophy for world's best sparkling wine

Sparkling wine producers Ridgeview has won the trophy for the best sparkling wine in the world. They triumphed over prestigious Champagnes and sparkling wines at one of the most respected wine competitions the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010.
 
Ridgeview's Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2006 beat competition from Champagnes including the likes of Taittinger and Charles Heidsieck to win the International Trophy for Sparkling Wine Over £10. This is the first time the trophy has been awarded to a wine outside of Champagne.
 
More than 10,000 wines were entered into the competition including over 700 sparkling wines Decanter Awards Tastings Director, Christelle Guibert, said this was an incredible home-grown success. 'What a result, this unequivocally rubberstamps England's membership to that exclusive club of truly world class, sparkling wine producers. Up against a clutch of Champagne's finest, Ridgeview has produced a stupendous wine that defeated them all. It's a truly remarkable win.'
 
The Roberts family were thrilled by winning this accolade. Mike commented; “Winning the Decanter Best International sparkling wine trophy is absolutely fantastic for a family business. It really does reward our enthusiasm and dedication. I am so proud that Ridgeview actually had two wines in the final shortlist of the 10 of the best sparkling wines. There was one Australian wine but no less than seven champagnes, several of which are three times more expensive than our wines”.
 
Mike Roberts founded Ridgeview on the South Downs of England with his wife Christine in 1995. Their daughter Tamara, their son Simon and his wife Mardi all work for the winery. Since initial sales in the year 2010 Ridgeview have won over 140 trophies and medals for their sparkling wine, putting English sparkling wine on the international stage.
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