Wine Talks British Business — wine interview
Tamara Roberts is the joint CEO & CFO of the multi-international award winning English sparkling wine producer, Ridgeview Wine Estate, established 25 years ago by her parents. Having joined the family business over 15 years ago as General Manager she has played a pivotal role in taking the business from a micro-concern to a significant and growing SME whilst maintaining its status as one of the most highly regarded producers in the English wine sector. Last year Ridgeview were the first English winery to be awarded the coveted "International Winemaker of the Year" trophy at the prestigious International Wine...
Jamie Waugh is the head of wine at Fortnum & Mason’s and is from a family of wine lovers. After university Jaime's first job was at Oddbin’s, before working at Percy Fox, Corney and Barrow and finally OW Loeb, where after selling wine into Fortnum and mason Jamie was offered the job of selling wine for Fortnum’ and Mason. He has been with Fortnum and Mason for over 11 years now and 5 years as buyer. Fortnum & Mason was founded in 1707. The range of wines, spirits and sparkling wines reflects their longevity, with nearly 1707 in the...
Brad Greatrix and Cherrie Spriggs have been producing award winning sparkling wines for many years and recently Cherrie Spriggs, the head wine maker at Nyetimber, was announced as the winner of the prestigious Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge 2018. This is the first time that the award has gone to a wine outside of the Champagne region.
Brad Greatrix is a lover of all things sparkling and, as he puts it, he is “passionate about producing exceptional wines from exceptional vineyards”. After a chance tasting with one of Nyetimber’s early sparkling wines they both immediately knew that there was something very special about this English sparkling wine. They decided to find out more and sent an email to Nyetimber in the hope of getting a response. Thankfully they did and within two weeks they had their first day of work at Nyetimber.
This episode of Wine Talks features Chris Foss who is the Curriculum Manager for the Wine Division at Plumpton Wine college. Chris is half-French and has gained his experience from working in Bordeaux, France. Whilst Chris was in Bordeaux he managed the family vineyard in the Entre-Deux-Mers and also worked in many vineyards and wineries in Sauternes (Chateau d’Yquem) and St Emilion. He also became Winemaker for the GFA Leclerc vineyard group. Chris moved to Plumpton College to launch the wine programmes in 1988.
His main focuses are in vineyard establishment, vineyard management, vine protection, sustainable viticulture and he is also the manager of Plumpton’s 10-hectare vineyard. Chris is also a committee member of Wine GB South-East. His principal research interests are in learngin and understanding more about climate change, disease monitoring and vineyard sustainability, he is also a member of the Life+ Adviclim research group.