The decision to start making wine was a very calculated risk with long term business plans from day one.
The Roberts family knew the business had to be sustainable for the future generation else the risk would not have been taken.
Ridgeview's immediate success showed the winery's potential and the original concept of a small venture was challenged. Soon the whole family were involved in the business and in 2011, Mike was awarded an MBE for his services to English wine.
When he passed away last year, the second generation of the Roberts family were already well ensconced in the business.
Son Simon has been winemaker for 15 years, daughter Tamara is the CEO, daughter in law Mardi manages sales and marketing and son in law Simon is technical manager.
Steady growth has continued from 20,000 bottles in the beginning to 250,000 today with the family planning to grow the business to 600,000 bottles over the next 5 years.