English Wine Profiles

Sam Linter, Wine Maker and MD of Bolney Wine estate

Sam Linter, Wine Maker and  MD of Bolney Wine estate

Sam Linter Managing Director and Wine Maker of Bolney Wine Estate Sam’s parents, Janet and Rodney Pratt, founded the vineyard in 1972, at which time Bolney Wine Estate was one of the first commercial vineyards in England. Sam spent her childhood living on the vineyard and joined the family business in 1995 at the age of 27. In 2001, Sam achieved her WSET Diploma at Plumpton College, the UK’s only Wine College, whilst running the Estate and looking after her two small children. Sam’s daughter Charlotte, inspired by her mother’s passion has followed in her footsteps and works at the...

Chris Haywood, Astley Vineyard winemaker

Chris Haywood,  Astley Vineyard winemaker

Chris Haywood Winemaker Astley Vineyard Chris Haywood is winemaker, sales, events and online manager at Astley Vineyard. He began his working life in the music industry, but transitioned to food and drink shortly after finishing a BA in Business Management & French at the University of Nottingham. His parents (and owners of the vineyard) say they first realised Chris's passion for food and drink when they took their 10 year old son to Nathan Outlaw's restaurant, where he enjoyed the full tasting menu and cheese course! Chris's knowledge and understanding of wine blossomed during his time working at Harvey Nichol's Knightsbridge store...

Charlie Holland, Gusbourne Chief Winemaker & CEO

Charlie Holland, Gusbourne Chief Winemaker & CEO

Charlie Holland Gusbourne Chief Winemaker & CEO  With 20 years of international winemaking experience, Charlie honed his skills working in some of the best wine producing regions around the world including stints in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA.  A graduate of Plumpton College, where he attained a BSc in Viticulture and Oenology, Charlie went on to work with many styles of wine across the world, from full-bodied reds in Napa Valley to German Rieslings and sweet wines in Minervois.  In 2009, excited by the burgeoning English sparkling wine industry, Charlie returned to the UK, working as winemaker for...

Tamara Roberts Ridgeview CEO

Tamara Roberts Ridgeview CEO

Tamara Roberts Ridgeview CEO  Tamara began her career by obtaining a Degree in Law and Accountancy then working in the London financial services industry. In 2004 Tamara took the decision to join her family’s business Ridgeview in order to grow the business, originally as General Manager and was promoted to CEO in July 2014. Tamara is responsible for the day to day running of the business, ensuring all areas are working together to achieve the best results and representing Ridgeview to stakeholders and the outside world.  Tamara has overseen the growth of production in that time from 25,000 bottles per...

Simon Roberts Ridgeview Head Winemaker

Simon Roberts  Ridgeview Head Winemaker

 Simon Roberts  Ridgeview Head Winemaker   Simon began his career studying Marine Engineering stemming from his love of sailing. After Simon’s parents established Ridgeview, spotting Southern England as excellent potential for sparkling wine production in 1995 Simon took a keen interest. Originally Simon specialised in viticulture, moving on to also study winemaking at Plumpton College. With a naturally skilled palate identified, Simon took a keen interest in winemaking and went to complete a vintage in Australia. Originally Simon shared the Winemaking with his father Mike Roberts. Since his Dad’s in passing in 2014 Simon has headed up the Winemaking team,...