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Tamara Roberts Ridgeview CEO adds a bit of sparkle to the WSTA board



Tamara Roberts, CEO of one of England’s top sparkling wine estates, Ridgeview in Sussex, has joined the board of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Attending her first board meeting this week, Tamara promised to bring her passion for the English wine industry to the board room and help promote a unified approach to Brexit.

It is the first time an English vineyard owner has taken a seat on the board and Tamara now brings the executive team up to 14 members.

  

Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview, said:

“I am looking forward to contributing and helping to steer the great work done by the WSTA team. I am deeply passionate about English wine and the whole wine industry. I have learnt from some amazing wine producers for whom I have the utmost respect and admiration. I believe it is extremely important to pull together as an industry to maximise our trade’s potential, particularly at a time when Brexit throws up so many challenges and hopefully opportunities.”

 

Ridgeview was planted in 1995 by her parents’ Mike and Chris Roberts and is dedicated to creating world class sparkling wines in the South Downs of England. The vineyards specialise in growing classic grape varieties to make the highest quality bottle fermented sparkling wines.

Tamara, who was recently voted Sussex Business Woman of the Year, took over as CEO of the family business from her father in 2014 and has full responsibility for the day to day running of the estate.

During her time at the helm the mum of two has seen Ridgeview grow into one of England’s most successful vineyards which produces around 300,000 bottles a year.

Working alongside her Winemaker brother, Simon, the second generation Roberts family and their team aim to double production by 2020.

Ridgeview’s award winning wine is regularly served at Buckingham Palace state banquets, has been chosen as the official sparkling wine of No. 10 Downing Street and is exported around the world.

 

Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale, said:

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Tamara to the WSTA Board. As a valued and active member of the WSTA we have always been impressed by Tamara’s drive and determination. English wine is an industry in growth and having an English wine member on the board reflects the increasing importance and popularity of wine made in the UK.”

 

Dan Jago, Chairman of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“It is fantastic for us to have Tamara on board. Her contribution will be extremely important to the executive team as we steer UK wine and spirit businesses through unchartered waters post Brexit and into new trading landscapes. We know she will be a real asset to the team.”

 

 

Notes to editors:   


The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry, representing over 300 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wine and spirits. The WSTA works with its members to promote responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

 

Also on the WSTA Board:

Chairman – Dan Jago CEO of Berry Bros. & Rudd

Miles Beale, CEO of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association

Troy Christensen,  CEO of Enotria Wine Cellars

John Colley, MD Majestic Wine

Diana Hunter, CEO Conviviality Retail Plc

Charles Ireland, Diageo’s General Manager GB

David Mawer, MD of JF Hillebrand UK

Huw Pennell, European Regional MD Edrington

Pierpaolo Petrassi, Head of buying – beers, wines, spirits – Waitrose

Laurent Pillet, MD Pernod Ricard UK

Michael Saunders, Business Development Director – Conviviality Plc

Jo Thornton, MD Moet Hennessy Ltd

Andrew Wilby, MD Northern Europe, Brown Forman Corporation

 

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Harriet Talbot [email protected]

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