Top Wineries of Great Britain: 9 to 12
Top Wineries of Great Britain 2021 Feature Week
Location: East Sussex
Best known for: In line with their vision of sustainable modern farming, Kristin Syltevik and Paul Dobson have made Oxney the UK’s largest single estate organic vineyard with a planted area of 13.65 ha from a total of 320 hectares, certified by the Soil Association.
Making the wines with Salvatore Leone, Kristin’s top tier sparkling wine range includes the Classic Brut, a delicious Classic Rosé and a Classic Blanc de Blancs to be released this year. Their Blanc de Noirs, made in 2017, is one of a number of pure meuniers that suggest a bright future for the variety in the UK. Also worthy of note: Oxney makes a fine still chardonnay.
Location: East Sussex
Best known for: Being one of the early pioneers, along with Nyetimber, of English sparkling wine thanks to the vision of the late Mike Roberts and his wife Christine. Starting out to make 20,000 bottles a year, under Mike’s children, Ridgeview now produces 400,000 bottles.
With its varied sources of supply, Ridgeview has received many awards for its wines, which were also poured at the Queen’s 80th, Diamond Jubilee and four State Banquets at Buckingham Palace. In addition to the Bloomsbury, Cavendish and Fitzrovia ranges, the Single Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs Limited Release and Single Oak Reserve NV are exceptional.
11. The Grange
Best known for: A family enterprise created in 2011 by four siblings, Zam, Rose, Lucy and Mark and father, John Ashburton, The Grange is one of the newest and most promising projects to make waves on the English sparkling wine scene.
The Grange Classic is an impressive showing from a newcomer, its magnum recently winning Gold at the IEWA awards, while its rosé sibling, Grange Pink, based on meunier, pinot noir and chardonnay, has also garnered awards for its superb quality.
Best known for: Being one of the big beasts of the English sparkling wine scene, run by Emma Rice, a Plumpton College graduate, who makes a broad range of sparklings, including Louis Pommery England for Champagne Vranken-Pommery.
In addition to its excellent core range of a Rosé, Blanc de Blancs and Classic Reserve for which Emma Rice has achieved the distinction of twice winning Winemaker of the Year (2014 and 2016) at the UKVA Competition (since re-named WineGB), her prestige cuvée, Kings Cuvée, won Supreme Champion and Best Sparkling Wine at the WineGB Awards 2020.