A WINE maker has been named as one of the best in the world.

Ridgeview Wine Estate, in Ditchling Common, near Burgess Hill, is number 36 in the World’s Best Vineyards Top 50.

The list is created by the World’s Best Vineyards Academy, which comprises nearly 500 leading wine experts from across the globe.

Ridgeview was the only British vineyard to appear on the list of countries that spanned six continents.

Founded in 1995, Ridgeview was one of the first wineries to be devoted to the production of English sparkling wine and was crowned the International Wine and Spirit Competition Winemaker Of The Year 2018.

Tamara Roberts, chief executive at Ridgeview, said: “It is incredible news for Ridgeview to be included in the top 50 vineyards in the world.

“The list features spectacular wineries from around the world and we are honoured to be listed alongside global wineries that we have long admired.

“It is fantastic for Ridgeview to be acknowledged not only for our wines but our beautiful setting amongst the South Downs of Sussex and the awards have placed an important spotlight on England as a global destination for wine tourism.”

For more information on Ridgeview and the wine it produces visit www.ridgeview.co.uk