An award-winning family business shares one of their secrets of their sucess
Like the Exclusive Collection, Ridgeview is a family-run business that provides a nurturing environment that enables high-performing teams
Ridgeview has been producing wines from its Sussex home for nearly a quarter of a century. It has always maintained a family-run ethos, ensuring everyone who works there is looked after and performs to the best of their ability. This is a view shared by the Exclusive Collection, which is also a family business, and forms one of its four pillars.
Established by Mike and Christine Roberts in 1995, with a view to putting the company and the UK on the international winemaking map, Ridgeview is now managed by the second-generation of the Roberts family, with Tamara Roberts at the helm as CEO and her brother Simon Roberts, heading up the winemaking. Situated at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park, Ridgeview takes advantage of a perfect climate for sparking wine viticulture.
Geography is one thing, but it’s the working environment that really makes the difference. The company has grown to a workforce of over thirty people with the philosophy that every member of the team is part of the Ridgeview family. It’s a caring workplace which prides itself on having an active social committee arranging fun external activities. There is a top-down philosophy that ‘Life is For Celebrating’ and this flows through all aspects of the business whether it’s staff birthdays or individual or teams’ hard work. This has paid off recently as Ridgeview won Winemaker of the Year in the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2018. The Ridgeview family extends beyond those who are currently employed to those who have passed through the ranks over the years. The company has trained many UK winemakers that have gone onto other English wineries just as the Exclusive Collection are equally proud to have taught some of UK’s best chefs before moving on to open their own restaurants. Both businesses continue their strong relationship with past employees and offer them support in their future careers.