Shaper: Christine & Tamara Roberts

Show aired on 1st August 2015

Transcript

Mother & Daughter duo, Christine & Tamara Roberts are the CEO and Founder of family business Ridgeview Wine.

Their first vines were planted in 1995 and wines started to be sold in 2000. Ridgeview Wines specialises in the production of traditional method sparkling wines from the traditional grapes varieties only (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier). They have enjoyed huge success in international competitions; becoming the first producer outside of Champagne to win the coveted Decanter Award for Best Sparkling Wine in 2010.  Despite domestic demand continuing to outstrip international demand, Ridgeview decided to open up export markets five years ago and now 20% of their wines are exported to Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Japan, Australia and growing number of states in the US.

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“…if you are growing red grapes you need warm weather”

“If there’s anything that’s troubling me, my first port of call will always be to go to mum”

“We have got some very good core brand values already, but it’s really trying to get that message across, not only to our trade partners, but to consumers as well.”

“Obviously, I’ve got my brother, my sister-in-law, and my husband all involved in the business too so there is quite a wide array of people with different skills and abilities to talk to.”

“If it became just like an ordinary drinking wine, it would not be good enough to put bubbles in. It’ll go flat. So our climate is ideal in some respects.”

“I’ve enjoyed working with the family. I’m very good, I think, at separating personal from the business side and it’s important to have that line.”

“We can’t stand still. No one can stand still in business.”

“If I sense there’s an issue about anything, I sit them down and say: ‘Right. What’s the problem? What’s going on?'”

“There’s some fantastic other English sparkling wine producers our there now so we really have to focus on what makes us stand out against the rest.”

“Actually, I live next door to my mum now, so we couldn’t get any closer really. I think we rub along okay.”

“Every day you learn something new. It may not be to do with your business or anything. But you are always learning something new.”