THE RATHFINNY VISION. We established the Rathfinny Wine Estate in 2010 near Alfriston in the South Downs of Sussex, one of England’s exceptional natural landscapes, with the express intention of producing some of the world’s best sparkling wine.
Rathfinny occupies a perfect south-facing slope, just three miles from the sea, and its climate, chalk soils and aspect make it probably the most perfect place to produce wine in a region that is already producing some of the best, award winning English sparkling wines.
“As we reach the crown of the hill, a green and pleasant Sussex landscape is revealed: a sun-soaked, slanting bowl of 600 acres, protected from the prevailing winds by an escarpment of National Trust land. In the distance, blue and magnificent is the English Channel. This is Rathfinny Estate … soon to be England’s largest vineyard.” –Sunday Telegraph
The Rathfinny Wine Estate Vineyard will develop to become one of the largest single vineyards in England and one of the largest in Europe. Our RIBA nominated, state-of-the-art Winery is capable of producing over one million bottles of Sussex Sparkling wine annually. We aim to achieve quality levels that will see our Sussex Sparkling wine winning international awards and being enjoyed all over the world.
Our vision is about a great deal more than the production of outstanding sparkling wine. We want Rathfinny to contribute something special to the unique spirit of place in this beautiful part of the South Downs, which has been farmed since medieval times. We think of the Estate’s vines and trellises as being stitched into the past, and growing out of the chalky soil into the future. The land, the existing buildings on the Estate and the local communities around Rathfinny are as important to us as the wine we produce.
Whether it is by tasting our wines or by visiting our Estate, we want you to really experience Rathfinny and our commitment to creating exceptional Sussex Sparkling wine from this beautiful and iconic part of southern England. We hope that you find the information in this website a great starting point for the range of experiences that await you here at Rathfinny.
Mark & Sarah Driver
Owners, Rathfinny Wine Estate